owl, bird of Minerva, bird of night, hooter(noun)
nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
Any of various birds of prey of the order Strigiformes that are primarily nocturnal and have forward-looking, binocular vision, limited eye movement, and good hearing.
A person seen as having owl-like characteristics, especially appearing wise or serious, or being nocturnally active.
Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions. Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces, and are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
owl, n. a carnivorous bird that seeks its food by night, noted for its howling or hooting noise.—v.i. to smuggle contraband goods.—ns. Owl′ery, an abode of owls: (Carlyle) an owl-like character; Owl′et, a little or young owl.—adj. Owl′-eyed, having blinking eyes like an owl.—n. Owl′-glass, a malicious figure in a popular German tale, translated into English about the end of the 16th century—the German Tyll Eulenspiegel—also Owle′glass, Howle′glass, Owl′spiegle.—adj. Owl′ish, like an owl: stupid: dull-looking.—n. Owl′ishness. [A.S. úle; Ger. eule, L. ulula; imit.]
A type of bird of which their are various species.
There are over 200 known species of Owl on the planet, perhaps there are more to discover.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'OWL' in Nouns Frequency: #2136
The numerical value of OWL in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of OWL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Hume had named his bird, and Tristram thought [his owl] was the same thing.
No owl is afraid of the night, no snake of the swamp and no traitor of the treason!
Who could do this to an owl, let alone one that is perhaps among the most well-known owls in the world.
The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!
In the enemy's territory, be as silent as the owl's wings; in friend's territory, be as cheerful as the nightingale's songs.
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