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

  • n. Any of various owls with characteristic ear tufts that resemble horns.

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  • n. An owl of the genus Bubo native to the Americas, among the largest types of owls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a large North American owl (Bubo Virginianus), having a pair of elongated tufts of feathers on the head. Several distinct varieties are known; as, the Arctic, Western, dusky, and striped horned owls, differing in color, and inhabiting different regions; -- called also great horned owl, horn owl, eagle owl, and cat owl. Sometimes also applied to the long-eared owl. See Eared owl, under Eared.

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

  • n. large owls having prominent ear tufts


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