northern spotted owl

noun

Definition of northern spotted owl

: a rare spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) of old forests on the Pacific coast of North America from northern California to southern British Columbia

Examples of northern spotted owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The report said the project would harm the habitat of many species including not only the bald eagle but northern spotted owl and the Shasta snow-wreath, a delicate white flower. New York Times, "The Interior Secretary Wants to Enlarge a Dam. An Old Lobbying Client Would Benefit.," 28 Sep. 2019 Into this pressure cooker walked Wasser, with a technique to measure the stress levels of northern spotted owls by analyzing their poop. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser might be the ‘guru of doo-doo,’ but his research ignites serious passions," 19 May 2019

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First Known Use of northern spotted owl

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Northern spotted owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northern%20spotted%20owl. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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