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great horned owl

noun
1.
a large, brown-speckled owl, Bubo virginianus, common in the Western Hemisphere, having prominent ear tufts.
Origin of great horned owl
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80
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  • If he only would, the great horned owl could never trouble us any more.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It turned out to be a splendid specimen of the great horned owl.

    Two Years in Oregon

    Wallis Nash
  • Frosty had been plucked from his perch by a great horned owl, but he was lucky.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Furthermore, it was a great horned owl, and he seemed to have a lot to say.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • A little screech owl tuned up in the distance, a barn owl replied, and a great horned owl drowned both their voices.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • It is then the great horned owl of the swamp courts his mate, the big hawks pair, and even the crows begin to take notice.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • He had never in his life before heard the voice of the great horned owl, and his apprehensive wonder was excusable.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Still the great horned owl and his wife could not find enough to eat.

    Among the Forest People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The great horned owl likewise does not construct a nest; but takes possession of the dwellings abandoned by others.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • But he hesitated a moment before calling upon the great horned owl, as if he himself doubted the honesty of this savage bird.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues

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