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bat n1

bat n1 Sth, S Midl Cf chimney bat n, great bat n, Virginia bat n

= nighthawk n 1. Cf bullbat n
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also candle bat: A moth. Cf candle fly n 1
1893 NY Entomol. Soc. Jrl. 4 FL [Black], Again, to some of this imaginative race, moths are “bats.” I was once formally introduced by one of my ebony friends in Tampa, to a dusky companion, as “De missy what cotches bats.” 1986 Pederson LAGS Concordance (Moth—around candle) 3 infs, ceGA, nwFL, cwMS, Candle bat. 2010 Emerson Greatest 146 Ozarks, She grabbed at a moth circling the kerosene lamp setting in the middle of the table. “Somebody swarp that crazy candle bat!”
= chimney swift n.
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