Definition of horned owl in English:

horned owl

(also great horned owl)

noun

  • A large owl found throughout North and South America, with horn-like ear tufts.

    • ‘An anthropologist recently pleaded that we should treat the threatened death of a primitive language with as much concern and sympathy as we show snail darters and horned owls and other near-extinct species of animal life.’
    • ‘When you get back from a walk in the woods or countryside at dusk, and hear the deep bass ‘WO-wo-wo-o-o-o’ of the dusky horned owl, you know that all is well and that the night shift has made its claim.’
    • ‘He also discovered that some important protected species like the horned owl were hunted for black magic rituals and sorcery, such as the practice of certain tribes that use the owls to purify ‘amulets’ during their street performances.’
    • ‘Great horned owls are the largest owls in North America, with females obtaining a wingspan of five feet and weighing up to five pounds.’
    • ‘And at 39 I can still clearly remember the first time I heard a tree speak or felt moved to look into a tree and was rewarded with a horned owl looking back at me.’