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

  • n. One that howls: a dog that is a persistent howler.
  • n. A howler monkey.
  • n. Slang A laughably stupid blunder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which howls, especially an animal which howls, such as a wolf or a howler monkey.
  • n. A painfully obvious mistake.
  • n. A hilarious joke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who howls.
  • n. Any South American monkey of the genus Mycetes. Many species are known. They are arboreal in their habits, and are noted for the loud, discordant howling in which they indulge at night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who howls.
  • n. A South American monkey of the family Cebidœ and subfamily Mycetinœ: as, the ursine howler, Mycetes ursinus.
  • n. A calling device employed in telephony in place of the magnetic call-bell; a buzzer.

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

  • n. monkey of tropical South American forests having a loud howling cry
  • n. a joke that seems extremely funny
  • n. a glaring blunder

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