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eagle owl

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noun
  1. any of several large owls of the genus Bubo, having prominent tufts of feathers on each side of the head, especially B. bubo of Europe and Asia.

Origin of eagle owl

First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for eagle owl

Historical Examples

  • The eagle-owl, could it be proved to belong to us, is so majestic a bird, that it would grace our fauna much.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

    Gilbert White

  • Beside the lake an eagle-owl was hooting from the depths of the spruce forest; hoohoo—h-o-o-o—hoohoo.

  • An eagle-owl sat in a cleft and at twilight uttered its shrill piercing cry.

  • They might find it quite as hard to feel contented down in the valley as woodcock and eagle-owl and lynx and star-flowers.

  • The ascent at first lay through hanging forests, broken here and there by grey crags, the home of the chough and the eagle-owl.


British Dictionary definitions for eagle owl

eagle owl

noun
  1. a large owl, Bubo bubo, of Europe and Asia. It has brownish speckled plumage and large ear tufts
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