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screech owl

noun

Simple Definition of screech owl

  • : a kind of small American owl that has bunches of feathers that look like ears on the sides of its head

Full Definition of screech owl

  1. 1 :  barn owl

  2. 2 :  any of various New World owls (genus Otus); especially :  either of two small owls (O. asio of eastern North America and O. kennicottii of western North America) with a pair of tufts of lengthened feathers on the head resembling ears

Illustration of screech owl

1593

First Known Use of screech owl

1593


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