One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- old-fashioned term for bat (sense 1)
- ‘Farmers report seeing the small Flittermouse diving through clusters of bugs near their houselantern, seeming to sift out the larger flying beetles from the smaller gnats and flies with a meticulous discrimination.’
Mid 16th century: on the pattern of Dutch vledermuis or German Fledermaus.
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