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owl

OWL, n. [L. ulula, ululo.]

A fowl of the genus Strix, that flies chiefly in the night.



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OWL, n. [L. ulula, ululo.]

A fowl of the genus Strix, that flies chiefly in the night.

OWL, n. [Sax. ula, ule; D. uil; G. eule; Sw. ugla or uggla; L. ulula. The orthography, except in the Swedish, coincides with howl, L. ululo; but the radical letters are not obvious.]

A fowl of the genus Strix, that flies chiefly in the night. The popular name of a group of nocturnal accipitrine birds, comprehended under the Linnæan genus Strix, which has been subdivided by later naturalists.


Owl
  1. Any species of raptorial birds of the family Strigidæ. They have large eyes and ears, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits.

    * Some species have erectile tufts of feathers on the head. The feathers are soft and somewhat downy. The species are numerous. See Barn owl, Burrowing owl, Eared owl, Hawk owl, Horned owl, Screech owl, Snowy owl, under Barn, Burrowing, etc.

    * In the Scriptures the owl is commonly associated with desolation; poets and story-tellers introduce it as a bird of ill omen. . . . The Greeks and Romans made it the emblem of wisdom, and sacred to Minerva, -- and indeed its large head and solemn eyes give it an air of wisdom. Am. Cyc.

  2. To pry about] to prowl.

    [Prov. Eng.]
  3. A variety of the domestic pigeon.

    Owl monkey (Zoöl.), any one of several species of South American nocturnal monkeys of the genus Nyctipithecus. They have very large eyes. Called also durukuli. -- Owl moth (Zoöl.), a very large moth (Erebus strix). The expanse of its wings is over ten inches. -- Owl parrot (Zoöl.), the kakapo. -- Sea owl (Zoöl.), the lumpfish. -- Owl train, a cant name for certain railway trains whose run is in the nighttime.

  4. To carry wool or sheep out of England.

    [Obs.]

    * This was formerly illegal, and was done chiefly by night.

  5. Hence, to carry on any contraband trade.

    [Eng.]
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Owl

OWL, noun [Latin ulula, ululo.]

A fowl of the genus Strix, that flies chiefly in the night.

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