batfowl

batfowl
intransitive verb Date: 15th century to catch birds at night by blinding them with a light and knocking them down with a stick or netting them

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • batfowl — [bat′foul΄] vi. [ BAT1 + FOWL] to catch birds at night by blinding them with a light, and netting or hitting them when they fly toward it batfowler n …   English World dictionary

  • batfowl — /ˈbætfaʊl/ (say batfowl) verb (i) to catch birds at night by dazzling them with a light, then taking them in a net. {probably bat1 + fowl (verb) –batfowler, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • batfowl — batfowler, n. /bat fowl /, v.i. to catch birds at night by dazzling them with a light and then capturing them in a net. [1400 50; late ME batfowlyn. See BAT2, FOWL (v.)] * * * …   Universalium

  • batfowl — v. catch birds at night by temporarily blinding them with light …   English contemporary dictionary

  • batfowl — bat•fowl [[t]ˈbætˌfaʊl[/t]] v. i. to catch birds at night by dazzling them with a light and then capturing them in a net • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME batfowlyn, perh. bat I+fowl (v.) bat′fowl er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • batfowl — verb catch birds by temporarily blinding them • Topics: ↑hunt, ↑hunting • Hypernyms: ↑capture, ↑catch • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

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