Bats are the source of a number of viruses harmful to humans, but where does the word come from? Photo: Shutterstock Bats are the source of a number of viruses harmful to humans, but where does the word come from? Photo: Shutterstock
Bats are the source of a number of viruses harmful to humans, but where does the word come from? Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Bats are the source of several viruses, but where does the word come from?

  • Characteristics of the flying mammal appear in its various names, including ‘night butterfly’, ‘flying rat’ and ‘leather wing’
  • Its uncommon characteristics have also endowed the animal with symbolism – good, bad and, often, spooky

Bats are the source of a number of viruses harmful to humans, but where does the word come from? Photo: Shutterstock Bats are the source of a number of viruses harmful to humans, but where does the word come from? Photo: Shutterstock
Bats are the source of a number of viruses harmful to humans, but where does the word come from? Photo: Shutterstock
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