Definition of barn owl in English:

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barn owl

Pronunciation: /ˈbärn ˌoul/


An owl with a heart-shaped face, dark eyes, and relatively long, slender legs. It typically nests in farm buildings or in holes in trees.
  • Genus Tyto, family Tytonidae: three species, especially the white-faced T. alba, which is found throughout the world.
Example sentences
  • Harry Potter had Hedwig as his pet owl but youngsters at a Bolton school went three better when an eagle owl, a tawny owl and a barn owl flew in.
  • We did a conducted night drive and spotted many nocturnal small animals, including genet and mongoose, a barn owl up a tree eating a mouse and nightjars sitting on eggs.
  • Such a sight is sadly no longer common across Norfolk fields but at Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, the barn owl, with its distinctive white heart-shaped face, is breeding again.

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Syllabification: barn owl

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