long-eared owl

[lawng-eerd, long-]
noun
a mottled-gray owl, Asio otus, of the Northern Hemisphere, having a long tuft on each side of the head.

Origin:
1805–15

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long-eared owl
 
n
a slender European owl, Asio otus, with long ear tufts: most common in coniferous forests

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long-eared owl

(Asio otus), nocturnal bird of prey of the family Strigidae (order Strigiformes). Common to woodlands of northern Europe and America, it is recognized by its long ear tufts. Long-eared owls are brownish above, mottled and streaked. They have white underparts with dark streaks. These owls are about 30 cm (about 1 foot) long. They eat mice, birds, fish, frogs, and insects.

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Example sentences
Historically, the island supported substantial populations of long-eared owl.
Bull snake kills and attempts to eat long-eared owl nestlings.
It takes a hardy birder to catch a glimpse of the long-eared owl in flight.
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