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[flit-er-mous] /ˈflɪt ərˌmaʊs/
noun, plural flittermice
[flit-er-mahys] /ˈflɪt ərˌmaɪs/ (Show IPA)
bat2 (def 1).
Origin of flittermouse
1540-50; flitter1 + mouse; calque of German Fledermaus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for flittermouse
Historical Examples
  • One of the strangest things about the flittermouse is its voice.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Coming out of the candle-light, I blinked like a flittermouse.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • Over all the jackdaws chime and chatter, for it is their home now, and they share it with the owl and the flittermouse.

    A West Country Pilgrimage Eden Phillpots
  • flittermouse in a rage went straight to the constable and denounced his patron as a sheep-stealer.

    A Shepherd's Life W. H. Hudson
  • Indeed, as he spoke a flittermouse scurried through the air within a foot of her ear.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for flittermouse


noun (pl) -mice
a dialect name for bat2 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: translation of German Fledermaus; see flitter, mouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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