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
Recent Examples of owl from the Web
But why do its tellers seem to think that the American night has no stars, nothing but bats and owls and the insane moon?
Luckily, the Frank web site sells short the treats available to the night owls.
Hummingbirds lay eggs that look like Tic Tacs, owls lay nigh-perfect spheres, and sandpipers lay almost conical eggs that end in a rounded point.
A sandpiper’s egg is shaped like a teardrop, an owl’s like a golf ball, and a hummingbird’s like a jelly bean.
For all his hard-charging seriousness, Warner is still the gregarious ringleader among his friends and a night owl who has a dinner on his schedule most nights a week.
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Early Wednesday, Twitter night owls wondered what explained the lack of a follow up tweet until six hours later, when the typo-tweet was deleted and replaced by one making light of his misspelling.
Swift little falcons, intense Cooper’s hawks, gorgeous northern harriers, long-eared owls and bald eagles by the dozen come here to feed on voles and other small rodents.
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Origin and Etymology of owl
Middle English owle, from Old English ūle; akin to Old High German uwila owl
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
OWL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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