from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A predatory nocturnal bird (Tyto alba) having a white, heart-shaped face, buff-brown upper plumage, and pale underparts, often nesting in barns and other buildings.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The common white owl, Strix flammea or Aluco flammeus: so called from being often found in barns, where it is useful as a destroyer of mice.
- noun plural The owls of the barn-owl type, genera Strix or Aluco and Phodilus, which differ so decidedly from all other owls that naturalists now consider them types of a distinct family. See
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- noun An owl of the genus
Tyto, often having a white face and commonly found in barns and other farm buildings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun mottled buff and white owl often inhabiting barns and other structures; important in rodent control
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