Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the large horned owls of the genus Bubo, as the great horned owl, Bubo virginianus: so called from their physiognomy. See cut under Bubo.

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Examples

  • Suddenly an unmistakable cat-owl from very near me, with the most harsh and tremendous voice I ever heard from any inhabitant of the woods, responded at regular intervals to the goose, as if determined to expose and disgrace this intruder from

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7

  • The harsh and tremulous call of a cat-owl, page 294.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 The Guide

  • Escorting his mistress through a wood, he was attacked by an old cat-owl, which jumped on his head, and planted his claws in Peter's wool, and began to peck, while he "hollered like a loon."

    Uncle Tom's Companions: Or, Facts Stranger Than Fiction. A Supplement to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Being Startling Incidents in the Lives of Celebrated Fugitive Slaves.

  • The goblin howling of the big cat-owl pulsated through the silence; strange gleams and flashes stirred the surface of the bog.

    The Firing Line

  • A far and pallid star came out in the west; a cat-owl howled.

    The Firing Line

  • Bubo Virginianus (cat-owl), near Camp Island, also above mouth of Seboois, from a stump back and forth, also near Hunt's on a tree.

    The Maine Woods

  • As we glided swiftly down the inclined plane of the river, a great cat-owl launched itself away from a stump on the bank, and flew heavily across the stream, and the Indian, as usual, imitated its note.

    The Maine Woods

  • Suddenly an unmistakable cat-owl from very near me, with the most harsh and tremendous voice I ever heard from any inhabitant of the woods, responded at regular intervals to the goose, as if determined to expose and disgrace this intruder from Hudson's Bay by exhibiting a greater compass and volume of voice in a native, and boo-hoo him out of Concord horizon.

    Walden~ Chapter 15 (historical)

  • Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in, -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whippoorwill on the ridge pole, a blue-jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech-owl or a cat-owl behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.

    Walden, or Life in the woods

  • It was two miles through the woods, and we went on a road of cedar-rails, and when we got into the swamp, I see a big old-fashioned cat-owl a settin 'on a limb up 'bout fifteen foot from the ground I guess; and as I'd heard an owl couldn't see in the day-time, I thought I'd creep up slily, and catch him and I says' Mistress, 'says I,' will you wait? 'and she says,

    Chains and Freedom: Or, The Life and Adventures of Peter Wheeler, a Colored Man Yet Living. A Slave in Chains, a Sailor on the Deep, and a Sinner at the Cross

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