Bull bat

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bull bat (Zoöl) the night hawk; -- so called from the loud noise it makes while feeding on the wing, in the evening.
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Usage

In literature:

De whole mob beat it clean, an' de bulls never batted an eye.
"The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" by Frank L. Packard
I was settin' down and de bull bat come in de house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
Bat sat himself at the desk and left Bull the rocker-chair.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
A near relative, the bull-bat, or nighthawk, seemed hardly less wonderful.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
A bull-bat rasped a note or two from above.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Bats without facial membranes; with short obtuse and bull-doggish heads; large lips.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
The bull bats began to circle about the cabin.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
The voice of the bull-bat wails through the air.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Bull bats began to flitter back and forth above the tops of the trees.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
Among their tops the bull-bat darts erratically.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
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In poetry:

From out the hills where twilight stands,
Above the shadowy pasture lands,
With strained and strident cry,
Beneath pale skies that sunset bands,
The bull-bats fly.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The Bulls were apparently batting out of order the first two times through the lineup, with Jimmy Falla improperly hitting in the No.
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