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barred owl

noun
1.
a large owl, Strix varia, of eastern North America, having its breast barred and abdomen streaked with dark brown.
Origin of barred owl
1805-1815
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15
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  • And when that ceased a barred owl hooted in the woods, away to the north.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • I retired to the vicinity of the willows and uttered the cry of the barred owl.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • To get the true effect of a barred owl's hooting, one wants to find the home of a pair in an ancient gum-swamp.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • A very similar but slightly paler variety than the barred owl, and with the toes bare, as in alleni.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The facial disc is very large, and the eyes are small and yellow, while those of the barred owl are large and blue black.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The great horned owl and the barred owl only were singled out for punishment.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • If it had been the barred owl, the third note would have been doubled and the last note would have had a drop in its cadence.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The cry of the barred owl is also imitated in localities which these birds frequent at night, with the most happy results.

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