spotted owl

noun

Definition of spotted owl

: a rare large dark brown dark-eyed owl (Strix occidentalis) that has barred and spotted underparts and is found in humid old growth forests and thickly wooded canyons from British Columbia to southern California and central Mexico especially : northern spotted owl

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Woodbury Fire personnel reported on Tuesday that efforts in the Reavis Ranch area to protect the tree, the apple orchard and the Mexican spotted owl habitat were successful, saying the fire had passed through the area. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "As Woodbury Fire burns, crews fight to save ancient Mother Tree in the Superstitions," 22 June 2019 Everybody grab a pair of breeding hedgehogs or spotted owls or Velociraptors and head up the road to get in line. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Hate to break it to you, but you're already not watering your garden enough," 7 June 2019 Before becoming a teacher, Timmler researched spotted owls in California and also worked in Wauwatosa at the Medical College of Wisconsin studying the polio virus. Tiffany Stoiber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa West teacher awarded prestigious Knowles Teaching Fellowship," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of spotted owl

1896, in the meaning defined above

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spotted owl

noun

Kids Definition of spotted owl

: a rare brown owl with white spots and dark stripes that is found from British Columbia to southern California and central Mexico

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