screech owl

noun

Definition of screech owl

  1. 1 :  barn owl

  2. 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

Illustration of screech owl

1593

First Known Use of screech owl

1593


SCREECH OWL Defined for English Language Learners

screech owl

noun

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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