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vam·pire  (vmpr)
1. A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at night to suck the blood of sleeping people.
2. A person, such as an extortionist, who preys upon others.
3. A vampire bat.

[French, from German Vampir, of Slavic origin.]

vam·piric (vm-prk), vam·piri·cal (--kl), vampirish (-sh) adj.

vampire  /vmpar/  n. 1 any of a variety of blood-sucking bats 2 a monster in human form that lives on blood: Dracula was the first of the vampire movies. vampire

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