Specter candle
Specter Spec"ter, Spectre Spec"tre, n. [F. spectre, fr. L. spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere to look. See {Spy}, and cf. {Spectrum}.] 1. Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom. [1913 Webster]

The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With bold fanatic specters to rejoice. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The tarsius. (b) A stick insect. [1913 Webster]

{Specter bat} (Zo["o]l.), any phyllostome bat.

{Specter candle} (Zo["o]l.), a belemnite.

{Specter shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), a skeleton shrimp. See under {Skeleton}. [1913 Webster]


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