from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bat; a reremouse; flindermouse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bat; -- called also flickermouse, flindermouse, and flintymouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bat; a reremouse; a flindermouse.
Soon after the May garlands the meadow orchis comes up, which is called 'dead men's hands,' and after that the 'ram's-horn' orchis, which has a twisted petal; and in the evening the bat, which they call flittermouse, appears again.
“But me no buts! or depart as recreant, not by the door like a man, but up the chimney like a flittermouse.”
After that he greased it with the fat of a bat or flittermouse, to see if it was not written with the sperm of a whale, which some call ambergris.
"Right -- _a flittermouse_!" agreed Ruth, suddenly bursting into a laugh.
Well! (may it count to me as gain!), rather than seem to offend him I lay down in that manger, though I had no more desire to sleep than has the flittermouse in our Sussex gloamings; also I was careful to offer no money, for that is brutality.
I know not if it is owl or flittermouse; I could fancy it was
In at least sixteen dialects a _flittermouse_ means "a bat."
Thus in _The Voyage of Maeldune_, he has the striking line: "Our voices were thinner and fainter than any flittermouse-shriek."
"But me no buts! or depart as recreant, not by the door like a man, but up the chimney like a flittermouse."
As a former flimmery flittermouse who has now seen the error of her ways, I’d like to put in a word for both schools of thought – or styles of Muse: -)
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