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bullbat

[boo l-bat]
noun
  1. nighthawk(def 1).
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Origin of bullbat

1830–40, Americanism; said to be so called from the noise it makes when flying. See bull1, bat2
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  • They tell me that some folks call him Bullbat, though why they should call him either Bat or Hawk is beyond me.

    The Burgess Bird Book for Children

    Thornton W. Burgess


British Dictionary definitions for bullbat

bullbat

noun
  1. another name for nighthawk (def. 1)
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