flittermouse


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flittermouse

(ˈflɪtəˌmaʊs)
n, pl -mice
(Animals) a dialect name for bat21
[C16: translation of German Fledermaus; see flitter, mouse]
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Which creature used to be known as a flittermouse? 9.
You don't find the politicians and athletes giving names like that to their kids.': Pipistrelle Bat-the smallest and most common of Britain's 14 bat species:Aka: Pipistrellus pipistrellus Length: 5cm Wingspan: 25cm Weight: 9g Eats: Small flying insects Lives: In woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, parks and gardens Flight: Its jerky, erratic flight, flickering its wings rapidly as it chases prey, gave rise to the ancient name for bats - flittermouse
38)--illustrating his points with dialect terms such as "mould-warp" (mole), "flittermouse" (bat), and "windflower" (anemone), claiming that "all these names have been given from close observation, an d are instinct with the poetry of truth" (p.