The Word of the Day comes from THE ANIMALS OF LOCKWOOD MANOR by Jane Healey.
NOUN zoology Chiroptera (plural noun)
ORIGIN modern Latin (plural), from chiro- ‘hand’ + Greek pteron ‘wing’.
Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are more manoeuvrable than birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane or patagium. The smallest bat, and arguably the smallest extant mammal, is Kitti's hog-nosed bat, which is 29–34 millimetres in length, 150 mm across the wings and 2–2.6 g in mass. The largest bats are the flying foxes and the giant golden-crowned flying fox, Acerodon jubatus, which can weigh 1.6 kg and have a wingspan of 1.7 m.