- a large owl, Strix varia, of eastern North America, having its breast barred and abdomen streaked with dark brown.
Origin of barred owl
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for barred owl
Their signals were arranged—in the woods the barred-owl cry, by the water the loon; and they parted.Rolf In The Woods
Ernest Thompson Seton