snowy owl

noun

Definition of snowy owl

: a large ground-nesting diurnal arctic owl (Nyctea scandiaca) that enters the chiefly northern parts of the U.S. in winter and has plumage that is sometimes nearly pure white but usually with brownish spots or bars

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Examples of snowy owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Woodland Park Zoo has welcomed two new additions to their snowy owl family. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Woodland Park Zoo Introduces Newly-Hatched Snowy Owl Chicks — See the Adorable Baby Birds!," 6 Aug. 2020 In late 2017, a snowy owl visiting Cincinnati’s Queensgate train yard was critically injured. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Will Cincinnati see snowy owls this winter? They've been spotted in Ohio," 27 Nov. 2019 Taken with crude equipment, the black-and-white photographs featured leaping whitetail deer, a beaver gnawing on a tree, and a snowy owl perched along the shore of a lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ellen Piligian, Detroit Free Press, "Poetry, a cookbook and reflections on Detroit history make Michigan Notable Books list," 19 Jan. 2020 The snowy owl was first spotted just beyond the 18th hole of one of the most expensive golf courses ever built. New York Times, "Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat," 9 Jan. 2020 One of the goals of the project is to better understand the winter behavior of snowy owls, who during the winter travel south from the Arctic to the northern United States. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Meet the snowy owls scientists are tracking over the Great Lakes: Buckeye and Wolverine," 9 Jan. 2020 New England isn’t the only US destination for snowy owls in the winter. Don Lyman, BostonGlobe.com, "Snowy owls are majestic visitors from the Arctic during winter in Massachusetts," 30 Dec. 2019 The family room and eating area have holiday gnomes, wool animals and snowflakes, and soft snowy owls, felt deer and other woodland creatures pop up from a high shelf in the white kitchen with a vintage-looking tin ceiling. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 Spoiler alert: the cute critters include a bat, black jaguar, octopus, snowy owl, tarantula, and gray wolf. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Google Doodle celebrates Halloween with some fuzzy, furry tricks," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of snowy owl

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowy owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowy%20owl. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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