vam|pire

vam|pire
vam|pire «VAM pyr», noun.
1. a corpse supposed to come to life at night and leave its grave and suck the blood of people while they sleep.
2. Figurative. a) a person who preys ruthlessly on others. b) a woman who flirts with men to get money or to please her vanity. c) an actress known for playing the part of a beautiful woman who is ruthless and vain.
3. = vampire bat. (Cf.vampire bat)
4. a trap door with two leaves closed by a string and used for sudden disappearances from the stage.
[< French vampire < German Vampir < Slavic (compare Serbian vampir)]

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