Definition of screech owl
1 : barn owl
2 : any of various New World owls (genus Otus); especially : either of two small owls (O. asio of eastern North America and O. kennicottii of western North America) with a pair of tufts of lengthened feathers on the head resembling ears
SCREECH OWL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of screech owl for English Language Learners
: a kind of small American owl that has bunches of feathers that look like ears on the sides of its head
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