verb (used without object)

to catch birds at night by dazzling them with a light and then capturing them in a net.

Origin of batfowl

1400–50; late Middle English batfowlyn. See bat2, fowl (v.)
Related formsbat·fowl·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for batfowl



(intr) to catch birds by temporarily blinding them with light
Derived Formsbatfowler, noun
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