bullbat
noun Date: 1838 the common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)

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  • bullbat — ☆ bullbat [bool′bat΄ ] n. [ BULL + BAT2] the common nighthawk …   English World dictionary

  • bullbat — /bool bat /, n. nighthawk (def. 1). [1830 40, Amer.; said to be so called from the noise it makes when flying. See BULL1, BAT2] * * * also called  Common Nighthawk,    common American species of nighthawk (q.v.). * * * …   Universalium

  • bullbat — noun A New World bird, Chordeiles minor, also known as the common nighthawk. Bullbats peened overhead and dived on roaring wings. Syn: nightjar, nighthawk …   Wiktionary

  • bullbat — n. (Zoology) nighthawk, type of nocturnal insect eating bird with grayish brown feathers, goatsucker, nightjar …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bullbat — bull•bat [[t]ˈbʊlˌbæt[/t]] n. orn nighthawk • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • bullbat — /ˈbʊlbæt/ (say boolbat) noun See nighthawk (def. 2) …   Australian English dictionary

  • bullbat — noun mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker • Syn: ↑nighthawk, ↑mosquito hawk • Hypernyms: ↑goatsucker, ↑nightjar, ↑caprimulgid • Member Holonyms: ↑Chordeiles, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • nighthawk — /nuyt hawk /, n. 1. any of several longwinged, American goatsuckers of the genus Chordeiles, related to the whippoorwill, esp. C. minor, having variegated black, white, and buff plumage. 2. the European goatsucker or nightjar, Caprimulgus… …   Universalium

  • Caprimulgus europaeus — nighthawk ighthawk n. 1. A person who likes to be active late at night; a {night owl}. Syn: night owl, nightbird. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any of several mainly nocturnal North American goatsuckers, especially {Chordeiles minor}, or the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chordeiles minor — nighthawk ighthawk n. 1. A person who likes to be active late at night; a {night owl}. Syn: night owl, nightbird. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any of several mainly nocturnal North American goatsuckers, especially {Chordeiles minor}, or the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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