a large North American owl (Bubo Virginianus), having a pair of elongated tufts of feathers in the head. Several distinct varieties are known; as, the Arctic, west, dusky, and striped horned owls, differing in color, and inhabiting different regions; -- labeled as also great horned owl, horn owl, eagle owl, and pet owl. Often in addition put on the long-eared owl. See Eared owl, under Eared.
Definition for "horned owl"
Any of numerous owls with characteristic ear tufts…