from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small owls of the genus Otus, especially O. asio, of North America, having ear tufts and a quavering whistlelike call.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American owl belonging to the Megascops genus.
  • n. the barn owl, Tyto alba.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An owl that screeches, as distinguished from one that hoots: applied to various species.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any owl that has a screeching cry
  • n. small North American owl having hornlike tufts of feathers whose call sounds like a quavering whistle


From the fact that these species are owls which emit screeching calls. (Wiktionary)


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