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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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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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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