barred owl

noun

Definition of barred owl 

: a large North American owl (Strix varia) with brown eyes and bars of dark brown on the breast

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The adult barred owl started in the right lane, police said, but managed to cross traffic and get almost to the median. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Injured owl rescued from busy Maryland highway," 11 Jan. 2018 Her charges include five rabbits, two ducks, four chickens, two cats, guinea pig, barred owl, porcupine, hedgehog, three ferrets, three snakes and three turtles. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's zoo animals celebrate the holidays like humans — ripping open gifts," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of barred owl

1784, in the meaning defined above

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