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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Specter \Spec"ter\, Spectre \Spec"tre\, n. [F. spectre, fr. L. spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere to look. See Spy, and cf. Spectrum.] 1. Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom. [1913 Webster] The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With bold fanatic specters to rejoice. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) (a) The tarsius. (b) A stick insect. [1913 Webster] Specter bat (Zool.), any phyllostome bat. Specter candle (Zool.), a belemnite. Specter shrimp (Zool.), a skeleton shrimp. See under Skeleton. [1913 Webster]