horned owl

noun

Definition of horned owl

: any of various owls having conspicuous tufts of feathers on the head especially : great horned owl

Examples of horned owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By birding standards, this encounter wasn’t a particularly unusual one — great-horned owls are among the most ubiquitous of owls, using diverse habitats throughout most of North America. Caroline Van Hemert, Washington Post, "‘Mommy, will you be here forever?’," 24 Feb. 2020 The horned owl is aggressive — sometimes it's called the tiger owl — with sharp talons and powerful beak, and should only be approached by people with experience handling it. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Washtenaw County shelter rescues owl caught in backyard soccer net," 13 Dec. 2019 The horned owl has pronounced ear tufts and a brown bring on the body. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm weather, abundant rodents make for happy raptors," 9 Jan. 2018 Find out all about owls from volunteer Ginamaria Smith, who will bring her education bird, a great-horned owl, to visit. Alaska Dispatch News, "Your guide to Halloween events around Anchorage this week," 27 Oct. 2017 The milestone was celebrated with a gathering at the hospital that featured a performance by a children’s choir and appearances by animal ambassadors, including an armadillo, a fennec fox, a chinchilla, and a great-horned owl. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Zoo TV channel aimed at hospitalized children reaches milestone," 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of horned owl

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Horned owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horned%20owl. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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