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flittermouse

[flit-er-mous]
noun, plural flit·ter·mice [flit-er-mahys] /ˈflɪt ərˌmaɪs/.
  1. bat2(def 1).
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Origin of flittermouse

1540–50; flitter1 + mouse; calque of German Fledermaus
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Examples from the Web for flittermouse

Historical Examples of flittermouse

  • 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.

  • 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

flittermouse

noun plural -mice
  1. a dialect name for bat 2 (def. 1)
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Word Origin for flittermouse

C16: translation of German Fledermaus; see flitter, mouse
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