night-bat

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night-bat (plural night-bats)

  1. (now only Caribbean) A (night-flying) bat.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 94:
      there were found divers populous nations, in farre differing climates, that lived upon them; made provision of them, and carefully fed them; as also of grasse-hoppers, pissemires, lizards, and night-bats [transl. chauvessouriz]
  2. (now literary) A ghost, an evil spirit.
  3. (Jamaica) A large nocturnal moth.