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  • n. An ear tuft of feathers, as in the horned owls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ear tuft of feathers, as in the horned owls.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the pair of tufts of feathers, or egrets, also called ears and horns, on the head in sundry owls, as species of Bubo, Scops, Otus, or Asio; a feather-horn. Also (rarely) called corniplume. See cuts under Buboninæ and Otus.

Etymologies

From Latin pluma "feather" + cornu "horn". (Wiktionary)

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  • A tuft or crest of feathers on top of a bird's head; esp. either of the paired ear tufts typical of many owls.

    August 9, 2008