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flittermouse

[flit-er-mous] /ˈflɪt ərˌmaʊs/
noun, plural flittermice
[flit-er-mahys] /ˈflɪt ərˌmaɪs/ (Show IPA)
1.
bat2 (def 1).
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; flitter1 + mouse; calque of German Fledermaus
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flittermouse

/ˈflɪtəˌmaʊs/
noun (pl) -mice
1.
a dialect name for bat2 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: translation of German Fledermaus; see flitter, mouse
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