from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The great white or snowy owl, Strix nyctea or Nyctea scandiaca, inhabiting arctic and northerly regions of both hemispheres, and having the plumage more or less white. See Nyctea, and cut under braccate.
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But with the exception of the shriek of the snow-owl or the yelping of a fox emerged from his lair, there is no sound of life during seven or eight or nine months of winter on the Barren Grounds; unless the traveller is able to hear the rushing sound -- some can hear it, others cannot -- of the shifting