Spec"ter, Spec"tre(?), n. [F. spectre, fr. L. spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere to look. See Spy, and cf. Spectrum.]


Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom.

The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With bold fanatic specters to rejoice. Dryden.

2. Zool. (a)

The tarsius.


A stick insect.

Specter bat Zool., any phyllostome bat. -- Specter candle Zool., a belemnite. -- Specter shrimp Zool., a skeleton shrimp. See under Skeleton.


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