Definitions

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

  • n. A large North American owl (Strix occidentalis) of old-growth forests from southwest British Columbia to central Mexico, having dark brown plumage with a heavily spotted chest and barred belly.

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  • n. a large owl of North America found in forests from British Columbia to central Mexico; has dark brown plumage and a heavily spotted chest

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Examples

  • An Environmental Impact Statement from the Forest Service was included, either in the interest of justice or in a CYA — cover your ass — capacity, stating that there was no hard evidence of spotted owl activity in that tract of forest land.

    Firestorm

  • Long after Oregon’s timber-based economy was decimated by the court-ordered logging ban, the northern spotted owl population inexplicably continued to decline.

    HOW EVIL WORKS

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