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Definition of the noun owl

What does owl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: owls

  1. nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
    • examples: An owl sleeps by day and hunts by night. | The owl can see in the dark. | The owl is slow on foot. | You stay up until two in the morning. You're such a night owl! | I used to be a night owl but now I'm an early riser. | I'm a night owl. | In a scary scene, it never fails that there is either an owl hooting or wolves howling under the full moon. | That was an eagle owl. | She's a night owl. | I am sorry," said the Owl, "to have to contradict the Crow, my famous friend and colleague. To my mind this Marionette is alive; but if, by any evil chance, he were not, then that would be a sure sign that he is wholly dead!"
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonyms of owl: bird of Minerva / bird of night / hooter
    • more generic terms: bird of prey / raptor / raptorial bird = any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
    • more specific terms:
    • member of: order Strigiformes / Strigiformes = owls
    • young animal: fledgling / owlet
    • collective noun: parliament
    • collateral adjective: strigine

Alternative definition of the noun owl


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  1. "Owl" is a 2003 Japanese black comedy film directed by Kaneto Shindo. It was entered into the 25th Moscow International Film Festival where Shinobu Otake won the award for Best Actress and Shindo was awarded a special prize for contribution to world cinema.
  2. "Owl" is a 2012 short film written and directed by Marta Karwowska.
  3. "Owl" is a 2001 documentary film written and directed by Márcia Derraik and Simplício Neto.


  1. Owl is a fictional character from the 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.
  2. Owl is a fictional character from the 2011 film The Gruffalo's Child.
  3. Owl is a fictional character from the 2001 Video film Barbie in the Nutcracker.
  4. Owl is a fictional character from the 1962 film Adventures of Nils Holgersson.
  5. Owl is a fictional character from the 1968 film The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz.
  6. Owl is a fictional character from the 1945 film Zoya.
  7. Owl is a fictional character from the 1989 film Idu Saadhya.
  8. Owl is a fictional character from the 2008 film Tales of the Riverbank.
  9. Owl is a fictional character from the 1941 film Woody Woodpecker.
  10. Owl is a fictional character from the 1995 film Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree.
  11. Owl is a fictional character from the 2006 film Elephant Tales.
  12. Owl is a fictional character from the 2009 film Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.
  13. Owl is a fictional character from the 1991 film Slickers vs. Killers.
  14. Owl is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Mr. Owl, Grey Owl, Nite Owl, Brown Owl, Nite Owl II, Archie Grey Owl.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Owl

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Google previewAvian survivors (2011)

The History and Biogeography of Palearctic Birds by Clive Finlayson

The Tawny Owl is a generalist with a continuous, multi-latitude (Latitude Category F), range in the Western Palearctic...

Google previewNorth Sonoma County Agricultural Reuse Project (2007)

Environmental Impact Statement

Northern spotted owl is a federally listed Threatened species. It is an uncommon, _2- permanent resident of heavily forested areas, preferring old growth forest or mixed =#|-> * stands of old growth and mature trees with multi-storied, high ...

Google previewBirds of West Virginia (2012)

A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

Tyto alba Family Tytonidae (Barn Owls) Size: 23” Season: Year-round Habitat: Barns, farmland, open areas with mature trees The Barn Owl is a pale, large- headed owl with small dark eyes, a heart-shaped facial disk, and long feathered legs.

Google previewWhite Eagle (1997)

Medicine Wheel : Native American Wisdom as a Way of Life by Wa-Na-Nee-Che, Eliana Harvey

Owl is the night Eagle, according to some of us.

Owl is a clever hunter and nothing escapes its sharp penetrating sight.

Google previewRSPB Spotlight Owls (2017)

by Marianne Taylor

Left: Tengmalm's Owl is a small but fierce, strictly nocturnal forest species. Left: Male European Scops-owls sing incessantly through the night until they attract a mate. Left: Unmistakeable and spectacular, the Snowy Owl is a rare visitor from ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Idaho (2001)

by Nancy Capace

The snowy owl is a far northern bird that sometimes comes to Idaho and adjacent states to engage in the butchery of crows. For some unknown reason, crows...

Google previewSupply-Side Sustainability (2012)

by Timothy F. H. Allen, Joseph A. Tainter, Thomas W. Hoekstra

The spotted owl is an endangered species. On the face of it, the bird might be in danger because of a large number of factors, including bioaccumulation of persistent toxic chemicals, like those that interfere with the Great Lakes fish. After all ...

Google previewBirds of South Carolina (2012)

A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

Megascops asio Family Strigidae (Typical Owls) Size:8.5” Season: Year-round Habitat: Wooded areas or parks, places where cavity-bearing trees exist The Eastern Screech Owl is a small, eared owl with a big head, short tail, and bright yellow ...

Google previewBirds of the Pacific Northwest (2013)

by Todd Telander

Otus flammeolus Family Strigidae (Typical Owls) Size: 6.75" Season: Summer Habitat: Mid- to higher-elevation dry, coniferous, or mixed woodlands The Flammulated Owl is a small, dark-eyed, large-headed, nocturnal owl, closely related to ...

Google previewBooks Written in Stone (2012)

by J. Marc. Merrill

The owl is a nocturnal creature. It watches. The owl is a reminder that we need to be on the watch for Christ's return. The Sphinx at one time had a false beard; it has been broken off. The false beard on the “Khafre” statue has been broken ...

Google previewTowards a Multifunctional Lexical Resource (2012)

Design and Implementation of a Graph-based Lexicon Model by Dennis Spohr

As the name already suggests, OWL is a KR language designed for modelling ontologies.

Google previewBirdology (2015)

30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds by Monica Russo, Kevin Byron

The snowy owl is a large predator that lives on the arctic tundra, where snow and ice cover the ground during much of the year. The legs and toes of the...

Google previewThe Complete Garden Bird Book (2001)

How to Identify and Attract Birds to Your Garden by Mark Golley, Stephen Moss

Little owl - (2i-23CM, 8-91N) The Little Owl is a distinctive, boldly spotted small owl that is found widely throughout Europe, with the exception of...

Google previewEnterprise Knowledge Infrastructures (2009)

by Micha Maeder, Thomas Hädrich, René Peinl

OWL is a revision of the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Program) Agent Markup Language-Ontology Inference Layer (DAML+OIL). DAML and OIL are two XML-based languages stemming from a US DARPA program and a European ...

Google previewClarissa (2011)

by Jennifer Sinclair Robertson

O, the Owl is a baker's daughter... The mind, mind has mountains... the self – caves. You felt your pit-props slip; and we only knew we'd lost you into a twilit existence, entombed in a bedroom grave. Life has pricked you sore, your mind's fingers ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religions (2013)

by John G. R. Forlong

Owl. The bird of night and of wisdom ( see Athene) : it wars with the crow, and appeals to the eagle Garuda, in the Pancha-tantra fables. The Greeks connected it also with the Aithiopians (" dusky faces ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art (2006)

by Hope B. Werness

OWL Above: Eskimo owl spirit (inua) mask, Lower Yufcon River area. Holes around the edge of the mask once held snow goose feathers. Once part of a German collection, the mask was confiscated by the Nazis and labeled " degenerate art," ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Deserts (1999)

by Michael A. Mares, Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman, Okla.)

OWL Many owl species are not migratory and are quite territorial, often year- round. The majority of strigiformes do not build a nest but rather co-opt the nest of other birds, or lay eggs in depressions in trees, on rock ledges, or on the ground.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1828)

Strix Arctica, or Arctic owl. — Body rusty-brown, above spotted with black, beneath streaked with narrow brown lines; bill, orbits, and band under the wings, brown. — It inhabits Sweden, and is eighteen inches long. 30. Strix funerea, or Canada ...

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

All four of the Asian fish owls have large ear tufts. These are clusters of feathers that have nothing at all to do with the true ears, which are hidden. Pictured is the brown fish owl. Pictured here are lesser flamingos engaged in a group courtship ...

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia: Sweetfish - tree snake (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

The tawny or brown owl is one of the most common owls in Europe. It is known for its distinctive tu-whit, to-whoo call, which for many people symbolizes the calls of owls generally. However, this is a call it never completes in one phrase.

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Small photo of Big Owl isolated on white.Small photo of watching owlSmall photo of OwlSmall photo of Owls at an owl sanctuarySmall photo of Wise Owl in the NightSmall photo of Photo of an Owl in macro photography, high resolution photo of owl cub. The bureaucratic owl, also called field-buckthorn, field owl, owl-owl, buck-owl, owl-owl, guede, urucura, urucurian and urucuriáSmall photo of Photo of an Owl in macro photography, high resolution photo of owl cub. The bureaucratic owl, also called field-buckthorn, field owl, owl-owl, buck-owl, owl-owl, guede, urucura, urucurian and urucuriá More...

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View more videos about Red Owl, The Owl, Barn Owl, Owl City, Brown Owl, eagle owl, Night Owl, Scops Owl, Snowy Owl, Tawny Owl, White Owl, Boreal Owl, horned owl, little owl, Lapland owl, Screech Owl, Laughing Owl, Great Grey Owl, Monkey-Faced Owl, and Northern Hawk Owl.

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Quotes about Owl

Whether you hit an owl with a stump, or a stump with an owl.
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Scrabble value of O1W4L1

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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  • LWO

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