Definition of owl in English:

owl

Syllabification: owl

noun

A nocturnal bird of prey with large forward-facing eyes surrounded by facial disks, a hooked beak, and typically a loud call.
  • Order Strigiformes: families Strigidae (typical owls such as tawny owls and eagle owls) and Tytonidae (barn owls and their relatives)
More example sentences
  • Flammulated Owls are small owls with short ear-tufts that can be held erect or flush to the head.
  • Common predators of house sparrows include cats and other mammalian predators, birds of prey, and owls.
  • The great majority of past studies in this area have been on birds of prey and owls.

Origin

Old English ūle, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch uil and German Eule, from a base imitative of the bird's call.

Derivatives

owllike

adjective
More example sentences
  • Athyra is a large brown owllike bird that can emit psychic signals to lure prey or frighten predators.
  • Birds of prey, characterized by long legs, long, broad wings, and an owllike ruff of feathers surrounding the face.

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