Last modified on 29 December 2010, at 13:05

Talk:batlike

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To me, both the adjective definitions appear to mean the same thing --SixTwo 00:44, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

The difference is whether the thing that is batlike is like a bat itself (a batlike creature) or like a part, aspect, characteristic of a bat (a batlike wing). Almost all words ending in -like can be used this way. Whether it is worth mentioning or not, I don't know. Such metonymy is very common in many forms (probably in all languages). Referring to the US Presidency as "the White House" is another type of metonymy. DCDuring TALK 13:05, 29 December 2010 (UTC)