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British Dictionary definitions for wood owl

wood owl

noun
  1. another name for tawny owl
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Examples from the Web for wood owl

Historical Examples

  • The largest appears nearly the size of the English wood-owl.

    Wanderings in South America

    Charles Waterton

  • Sometimes it had been the gobble of a wild turkey that had lured to danger, again a wood-owl had cried strangely in the night.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • The scops is a small owl with aigrettes or "horns," the wood-owl is a large bird without aigrettes.

  • The wood-owl is common here, and is presumably well able to hold his castle against all aggressors.

    Birds and Man

    W. H. Hudson