short-eared owl

[ shawrt-eerd ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌɪərd /


a streaked, buffy brown, cosmopolitan owl, Asio flammeus, having very short tufts of feathers on each side of the head.

Origin of short-eared owl

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
Also called prairie owl. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019