barn owl


noun

a yellowish-brown and white owl, Tyto alba, often inhabiting barns and other buildings.

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Origin of barn owl

First recorded in 1665–75
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Example sentences from the Web for barn owl

  • Of this the barn-owl is perfectly aware, and at evening he may be seen sweeping low over the meadows seeking whom he may devour.

  • He had heard the boy give it, and now he cautiously repeated, three times, the softly quavering call of the barn-owl.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
  • Like the species last described—the Barn-Owl—it has an exceedingly wide range.

  • The barn-owl is the "screech" owl of bird literature; the brown owl the true hooting owl.

British Dictionary definitions for barn owl

barn owl

noun

any owl of the genus Tyto, esp T. alba, having a pale brown and white plumage, long slender legs, and a heart-shaped face: family Tytonidae
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