flittermouse

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Etymology[edit]

From flitter +‎ mouse (compare flickermouse, flindermouse), after Middle Dutch fleddermuys, vledermuys, vlermuys (Modern Dutch vleermuis), from Middle Dutch vledderen, vlederen (to flutter, float, hover) + muys (mouse). Cognate with West Frisian flearmûs (bat), Middle Low German vledermūs (bat), German Fledermaus (bat), Swedish fladdermus (bat) and flädermus (“bat”‎). More at flitter, flutter, flatter, mouse.

Noun[edit]

flittermouse (plural flittermice)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A bat; a reremouse; flindermouse.
    • 1891, Conway Lloyd Morgan, Animal sketches:
      I thank thee, gentle flittermouse, for these so pleasant memories. Have you ever caught and examined a flittermouse?

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