Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Exceptions include the diurnal northern hawk-owl and the gregarious burrowing owl.
Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except polar ice caps and some remote islands.
Owls are divided into two families: the true (or typical) owl family, Strigidae, and the barn-owl family, Tytonidae.
Any of various birds of prey of the order Strigiformes that are primarily nocturnal and have forward-looking, binocular vision, limited eye movement, and good hearing. from 8th c.
A person seen as having owl-like characteristics, especially appearing wise or serious, or being nocturnally active. from 14th c.
The owl pigeon. from 18th c.
Of or pertaining to owls.
Any species of raptorial birds of the family Strigidæ. They have large eyes and ears, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits.
A variety of the domestic pigeon.
To pry about; to prowl.
To carry wool or sheep out of England.
Hence, to carry on any contraband trade.
Of or pertaining to owls; owl-like.
nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes