Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Formerly, the smuggling of sheep or wool out of England
  • n. Birding specifically for owls.
  • n. A small, juvenile, or baby owl; owlet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The offense of transporting wool or sheep out of England contrary to the statute formerly existing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The offense of carrying wool or sheep out of the country, formerly punished by fine or banishment.

Etymologies

From owl +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)
From owl +‎ -ling. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • U.S. regional: The action of imitating the hooting of an owl, esp. to discover the whereabouts of birds when hunting them.

    February 13, 2009

  • exxxxcelent!

    October 8, 2007

  • the smuggling of sheep or wool from England to another country, particularly France.

    October 8, 2007