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brown owl

noun
1.
another name for tawny owl

Brown Owl

noun
1.
a name (no longer in official use) for Brownie Guider
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  • In the woodlands the greatest expert on the ways of voles was the brown owl.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • Then the long-drawn wail of the brown owl drove them below in haste.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • And I have a brown owl, a china one, sitting on a book for a letter weight.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Still, I have much sympathy with that brown owl and his hooting.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • Luckily for him the brown owl had meanwhile flown away with another young vole in her claws.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • Just then, Mr. brown owl, who spends a good deal of his time on our shed watching for mice, flew down and picked up the rat.

    The Gray Goose's Story Amy Prentice
  • Mr. White, of Selborne, says he knew a brown owl to live a whole year without water.

    Mamma's Stories about Birds Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
  • Under such conditions the brown owl would not dare leave the hole in his tree.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • Then there is the brown owl, which utters that mournful hooting sound which one so often hears by night in wooded districts.

  • I once turned out a dozen water-hens, a brown owl, a woodcock, and a water-rail from one little withe patch.

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