great horned owl

noun

Definition of great horned owl

: a large American owl (Bubo virginianus) with conspicuous ear tufts

Examples of great horned owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High in a pine tree, a pair of great horned owls claim a nest in hopes of raising their brood. Gregory Cowles, New York Times, "From Haiku to Spoken Word, Picture Books That Bring Poetry to Kids," 10 Apr. 2020 The island is home to more than two hundred species of birds, including kestrels, great horned owls, and little blue herons. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020 The current stars of RedGate are a pair of great horned owls. Washington Post, "This Rockville golf course is full of birdies — the feathered kind," 10 Feb. 2020 Rescue workers used a fire truck to save a great horned owl that had become entangled in a fishing line at Harriman Lake Park in Jefferson County, Colorado last week. Fox News, "Watch firefighters save great horned owl trapped in fishing line," 8 July 2019 Through the sliding glass door in the house where Kayla grew up, Marsha can keep an eye out for the great horned owls that sometimes appear on top of a wooden power pole out back. Karina Bland, azcentral, "White House calls let Kayla Mueller's parents know their daughter wasn't forgotten," 28 Oct. 2019 The Witch and Her Owl — Find out all about owls and why they are associated with Halloween from volunteer Ginamaria Smith, who will bring along Arc, a great horned owl. Robert Gant, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrate Halloween all week with spooky and silly community events," 25 Oct. 2019 An injured great horned owl with penetrating yellow eyes was found Saturday by Ventura County firefighters in the ashes of a scorched canyon. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "Firefighters rescued an injured (and highly photogenic) owl from ashes of California blaze," 6 Nov. 2019 Hawks don’t have many natural predators, said Petersen, but great horned owls, and mammals like raccoons and fishers, can take hawk nestlings. BostonGlobe.com, "“They’re power fliers. They head out over open water and island hop to Nantucket, Long Island, and so on. They’re not intimidated by water like buteos are.”," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of great horned owl

1688, in the meaning defined above

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“Great horned owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/great%20horned%20owl. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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