screech owl

or screech-owl


noun

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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Origin of screech owl

First recorded in 1585–95
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British Dictionary definitions for screech owl

screech owl

noun

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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