bat·​fowl ˈbat-ˌfau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce batfowl (audio)
batfowled; batfowling; batfowls

intransitive verb

: to catch birds at night by blinding them with a light and knocking them down with a stick or netting them

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of batfowl was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Batfowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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