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hoot owl

any of various owls that hoot.
Origin of hoot owl
1880-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Very often they sighed, and sometimes there was a pensive quietness broken only by the hoot-owl.

    A Little Florida Lady Dorothy C. Paine
  • From the Bowhead the sound comes like the drawn-out "hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo" of the hoot-owl.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • She goes 'bout the lake doin' nothin' but hollerin' like a hoot-owl, and she don't have enough to eat.

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • The distant sound of a hoot-owl startled Flea from her tears.

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • The call of the hoot-owl was too familiar to the Coombeland men to deceive.

    Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for hoot-owl

hoot owl

any owl that utters a hooting cry, as distinct from a screech owl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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