One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Catch birds at night by dazing them with a light and knocking them down or netting them.
- ‘But people unfamiliar with batfowling sometimes assumed you were supposed to beat the bush itself - which completely missed the point!’
- ‘So far as I know, batfowling was never an American sport.’
- ‘Medieval man may not have had the thrill of flinging Frisbees, but they had a worthy counterpart, the challenging sport of batfowling.’
- ‘A rare nocturnal sport, batfowling consisted of going into a forest or shrub-laden area and beating birds senseless with a bat.’
- ‘Besides hawking and shooting, there is another way of taking birds, termed "batfowling" or "batfolding," and that this method is of some antiquity we may gather from the following line in the 'Tempest' (Act ii. Scene 1).’
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