Definition of owl in English:


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Pronunciation: /aʊl


1A nocturnal bird of prey with large eyes, a facial disc, a hooked beak, and typically a loud hooting call.
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  • 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.
1.1 informal A person who habitually goes to bed late and feels energetic in the evening. Often contrasted with lark1.
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  • Charlie is more of an owl - he likes to stay awake as long as he can at night and to take his time waking in the morning.
  • Ideally, people should wake at the same time everyday, but being an owl, you can probably cope quite well when your sleep pattern is disrupted.


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



noun (plural owleries)
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  • Metalfly rushed up the stairs, flying through the owlery and the annex connected to it.
  • He delved into ornithological archives, visited owleries in France and England and trawled charity shops in search of kitsch-looking toy owls as part of his research.


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  • She stared at the crowd with enormous owl-like eyes that blinked in mechanical measure just above a slight aquiline nose.
  • In appearance, he was a rotund, rather owl-like figure, usually casually dressed.
  • His thick, rimmed glasses made him look rather owl-like.

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