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great gray owl

noun

  1. a large, dish-faced, gray owl, Strix nebulosa, of northern North America and western Eurasia, having streaked and barred plumage.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of great gray owl1

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

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Example Sentences

Now the Great Gray Owl was waving a stick in the air, motioning for silence.

In his own desolate north the great gray owl knew that no creature on wings could rival him.

She was in the wood, and as she spoke she saw a great gray owl fluttering on the ground as if he was hurt.

One mid-afternoon a great gray owl called repeatedly, uttering a short loud sound like that of some big wild beast.

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