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great horned owl

noun
1.
a large, brown-speckled owl, Bubo virginianus, common in the Western Hemisphere, having prominent ear tufts.
Origin of great horned owl
1670-1680
1670-80
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  • My first thought was that it was a great horned owl, but it was altogether too large.

  • If he only would, the great horned owl could never trouble us any more.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck Arthur Scott Bailey
  • But Shaggycoat and his brother had never even heard of the great horned owl so they continued their romp in the lily pads.

    Shaggycoat Clarence Hawkes
  • Furthermore, it was a great horned owl, and he seemed to have a lot to say.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • The great horned owl has two eggs bigger than a hen's and reddish brown.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • Still the great horned owl and his wife could not find enough to eat.

    Among the Forest People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The kitten must be hurt because nothing withstood the strike of a great horned owl without getting hurt.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The great horned owl likewise does not construct a nest; but takes possession of the dwellings abandoned by others.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Mr. J. Parker Morris records a nest occupied first by the great horned owl and afterwards by the red-tailed hawk each year.

  • But he hesitated a moment before calling upon the great horned owl, as if he himself doubted the honesty of this savage bird.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues

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