from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal that feeds mostly or entirely by night; specifically applied to the bird Nyctiornis amictus. Most fishes are said to be night-feeders, yet all of them feed more or less in the daytime.
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The conger eel (_Conger vulgaris_) is another night-feeder, which gives fine sport, as it grows to a great size, and is very powerful.