short-eared owl

[ shawrt-eerd ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌɪərd /

noun

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

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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Also called prairie owl.

Origin of short-eared owl

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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