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Definition of Vampire


  1. A blood-sucking ghost; a soul of a dead person superstitiously believed to come from the grave and wander about by night sucking the blood of persons asleep, thus causing their death. This superstition is now prevalent in parts of Eastern Europe, and was especially current in Hungary about the year 1730.
  2. Fig.: One who lives by preying on others; an extortioner; a bloodsucker.
  3. Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep. They have a caecal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.
  4. Any one of several species of harmless tropical American bats of the genus Vampyrus, especially V. spectrum. These bats feed upon insects and fruit, but were formerly erroneously supposed to suck the blood of man and animals. Called also false vampire.

Vampire Quotations

Girls' weekend with the 'Vampire Diaries' girls has become a big deal! It's our quality time. It's so much fun to unload and not feel guilty complaining or talking about your insecurities or bonding over things that you thought you were on your own about.
Nina Dobrev

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.
Angelina Jolie

I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.
Bela Lugosi

It's almost as if we each have a vampire inside us. Controlling that beast, that dark side, is what fascinates me.
Sheryl Lee

Fantasy is my favorite genre for reading and writing. We have more options than anyone else, and the best props and special effects. That means if you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you're at it? Go ahead.
Patrick Rothfuss
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Vampire Translations

vampire in German is Vampir
vampire in Latin is lamia
vampire in Spanish is vampiro
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