[ shawrt-eerd ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌɪərd /
a streaked, buffy brown, cosmopolitan owl, Asio flammeus, having very short tufts of feathers on each side of the head.
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Origin of short-eared owl
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
Also called prairie owl.
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