noun \ˈa(-ə)l\

: 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

:  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
OWL Defined for Kids


noun \ˈal\

Definition of OWL for Kids

:  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
July 07, 2015
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