any of numerous small American owls of the genus Otus, having hornlike tufts of feathers, as O. asio, of eastern North America.
(not in technical use) any owl having a harsh cry, especially the barn owl.
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How to use screech owl in a sentence
Only in one of the trees a screech owl, still under the impression that it was night, continued his curious wailing.The Camp Fire Girls at the End of the Trail | Margaret Vandercook
A little screech owl tuned up in the distance, a barn owl replied, and a great horned owl drowned both their voices.A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
A screech owl called and startled her; Tory had a sudden attack of nerves; running ahead a few yards, she stumbled.The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest | Margaret Vandercook
They had on the right side of the head a thick tuft of screech owl feathers, the distinctive sign of the band.The Pirates of the Prairies | Gustave Aimard
He then declares that the disease is caused by a mere screech owl, which he at once banishes to the laurel thicket.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees | James Mooney
British Dictionary definitions for screech owl
a small North American owl, Otus asio, having ear tufts and a reddish-brown or grey plumage
British any owl that utters a screeching cry
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