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owl (aʊl)
1.  any nocturnal bird of prey of the order Strigiformes, having large front-facing eyes, a small hooked bill, soft feathers, and a short neck
2.  any of various breeds of owl-like fancy domestic pigeon (esp the African owl, Chinese owl, and English owl)
3.  a person who looks or behaves like an owl, esp in having a solemn manner
[Old English ūle; related to Dutch uil, Old High German ūwila, Old Norse ugla]

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