barn owl



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

Nearby words

  1. barmen,
  2. barmy,
  3. barn,
  4. barn dance,
  5. barn door,
  6. barn raising,
  7. barn swallow,
  8. barn-door skate,
  9. barnabas,
  10. barnaby

Origin of barn owl

First recorded in 1665–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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


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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