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screech owl

or screech-owl

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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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Nearby words

screaming-meemies, screamingly, screamo, scree, screech, screech owl, screeching, screechingly, screechy, screed, screen

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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