- any of various owls that hoot.
Origin of hoot owl
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Historical Examples of hoot owl
The call of the hoot-owl was too familiar to the Coombeland men to deceive.Crown and Sceptre
George Manville Fenn
From the Bowhead the sound comes like the drawn-out "hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo" of the hoot-owl.The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron
The distant sound of a hoot-owl startled Flea from her tears.
She goes 'bout the lake doin' nothin' but hollerin' like a hoot-owl, and she don't have enough to eat.
Very often they sighed, and sometimes there was a pensive quietness broken only by the hoot-owl.A Little Florida Lady
Dorothy C. Paine
- any owl that utters a hooting cry, as distinct from a screech owl