owl

noun
\ ˈau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce owl (audio) \

Definition of owl

: any of an order (Strigiformes) of chiefly nocturnal birds of prey with a large head and eyes, short hooked bill, strong talons, and soft fluffy often brown-mottled plumage

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Tierra del Mar doesn’t have cell-phone service, just eagles over the beach, owls in the dense woods, and residents who pay to keep the streetlights on along Sandlake Road. oregonlive.com, "Facebook’s new Oregon Coast venture angers neighbors left in the dark: Steve Duin," 7 June 2019 But Wasser found much higher levels of stress hormones in owls near logging sites. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser might be the ‘guru of doo-doo,’ but his research ignites serious passions," 19 May 2019 Walmart has created a helpful digital owl called Hoot, who kicks off the registry planning by asking a few questions. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Walmart's New Baby Registry Actually Works," 4 Apr. 2019 Maybe all the Explorer really needed was one more gray-haired, owl-eyed engineer. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 Sketchy lines, potent phrases, and a rich sense of playful irreverence define his line drawings, whose subjects range from solar eclipses and Greek warriors to dogs leaping and cursing owls. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Think Fashion and Art Meet Together like a Finely Knit Sweater”—Raymond Pettibon Discusses His Dior Men Collaboration," 11 Feb. 2019 Yet to the crow, an able and highly intelligent character, there is no such thing as an innocent owl. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Political Harassment Is for the Birds," 6 July 2018 Nightingale did indeed rescue an owl from some children who were tormenting the animal at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Did Queen Victoria Really Meet Florence Nightingale?," 4 Feb. 2019 Concealed within these forests are Tengalman’s owl, capercaillie and black woodpecker. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of owl

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for owl

Middle English owle, from Old English ūle; akin to Old High German uwila owl

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The first known use of owl was before the 12th century

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owl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of owl

: a bird that usually hunts at night and that has a large head and eyes, a powerful hooked beak, and strong claws

owl

noun
\ ˈau̇l How to pronounce owl (audio) \

Kids Definition of owl

: a large bird with big head and eyes, hooked bill, and strong claws that is active at night and feeds on small animals

Other Words from owl

owlish adjective

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