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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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SPEC'TER, noun [Latin spectrum, from specto, to behold.]

1. An apparition; the appearance of a person who is dead; a ghost. The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With bold fanatic specters to rejoice.

2. Something made preternaturally visible.

3. In conchology, a species of voluta, marked with reddish broad bands.