from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A screech-owl.
- n. The swift, Cypselus apus.
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“Go to her, now,” she says with what passes for a commanding note in her shriek-owl voice.
But a man cannot be ill, or vapourish, but thou liftest up thy shriek-owl note, and killest him immediately.
For it is but too likely that a shriek-owl so hated will never hoot or scream again; unless the shock, that will probably disorder my whole frame on so sad an occasion, (by unsteadying my hand,) shall divert my aim from his head, heart, or bowels, if it turn not against my own.
A shriek-owl was not a practical bird for a scout, but the tiny creatures were perfect for a mage, which was what Darkwind had been in that long-ago, peaceful time.
From time to time the shrill wail of the shriek-owl, and the flapping of its wings against the diamond-paned windows of the church, added to the awful gloom of the funeral scene.
The cry of the shriek-owl is exceedingly shrill, and can be heard at a great distance.