short-eared owl

noun
\ ˈshȯrt-ˌird- How to pronounce short-eared owl (audio) \

Definition of short-eared owl

: a medium-sized nearly cosmopolitan owl (Asio flammeus) that has very short ear tufts and usually nests on the ground

First Known Use of short-eared owl

1766, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about short-eared owl

Share short-eared owl

Statistics for short-eared owl

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for short-eared owl

The first known use of short-eared owl was in 1766

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on short-eared owl

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about short-eared owl

Comments on short-eared owl

What made you want to look up short-eared owl? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a shady place in a garden or forest

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!