horned owl definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous owls with characteristic ear tufts that resemble horns.
    • An owl associated with genus Bubo native to the Americas, among the biggest forms of owls.
    • large owls having prominent ear tufts
  • adjective:
    • 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.

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