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noun \ ˈau̇(-ə)l \

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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Origin and Etymology of owl

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


OWL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of owl for English Language Learners

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


OWL Defined for Kids

owl

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noun \ ˈau̇l \

Definition of owl for Students

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

owlish

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