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owl

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noun \ˈau̇(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of owl

  • : a bird that usually hunts at night and that has a large head and eyes, a powerful hooked beak, and strong claws

Full Definition of owl

  1. :  any of an order (Strigiformes) of chiefly nocturnal birds of prey with a large head and eyes, short hooked bill, strong talons, and soft fluffy often brown-mottled plumage

Origin of owl

Middle English owle, from Old English ūle; akin to Old High German uwila owl


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with owl


OWL Defined for Kids

owl

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noun \ˈau̇l\

Definition of owl

  1. :  a large bird with big head and eyes, hooked bill, and strong claws that is active at night and feeds on small animals

owl·ish adjective




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