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great gray owl

a large, dish-faced, gray owl, Strix nebulosa, of northern North America and western Eurasia, having streaked and barred plumage.
Origin of great gray owl
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One mid-afternoon a great gray owl called repeatedly, uttering a short loud sound like that of some big wild beast.

  • Now the great gray owl was waving a stick in the air, motioning for silence.

    Father Thrift and His Animal Friends

    Joseph Charles Sindelar
  • In his own desolate north the great gray owl knew that no creature on wings could rival him.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • She was in the wood, and as she spoke she saw a great gray owl fluttering on the ground as if he was hurt.

    Lulu's Library, Volume II Louisa M. Alcott

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