1. large owls having prominent ear tufts
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Horned \Horned\, a.
Furnished with a horn or horns; furnished with a hornlike
process or appendage; as, horned cattle; having some part
shaped like a horn.
The horned moon with one bright star
Within the nether tip. --Coleridge.
Horned bee (Zool.), a British wild bee (Osmia bicornis),
having two little horns on the head.
Horned dace (Zool.), an American cyprinoid fish (Semotilus
corporialis) common in brooks and ponds; the common chub.
See Illust. of Chub.
Horned frog (Zool.), a very large Brazilian frog
(Ceratophrys cornuta), having a pair of triangular horns
arising from the eyelids.
Horned grebe (Zool.), a species of grebe (Colymbus
auritus), of Arctic Europe and America, having two dense
tufts of feathers on the head.
Horned horse (Zool.), the gnu.
Horned lark (Zool.), the shore lark.
Horned lizard (Zool.), the horned toad.
Horned owl (Zool.), a large North American owl (Bubo
Virginianus), having a pair of elongated tufts of
feathers on the head. Several distinct varieties are
known; as, the Arctic, Western, dusky, and striped horned
owls, differing in color, and inhabiting different
regions; -- called also great horned owl, horn owl,
eagle owl, and cat owl. Sometimes also applied to the
long-eared owl. See Eared owl, under Eared.
Horned poppy. (Bot.) See Horn poppy, under Horn.
Horned pout (Zool.), an American fresh-water siluroid fish;
Horned rattler (Zool.), a species of rattlesnake (Crotalus
cerastes), inhabiting the dry, sandy plains, from
California to Mexico. It has a pair of triangular horns
between the eyes; -- called also sidewinder.
Horned ray (Zool.), the sea devil.
Horned screamer (Zool.), the kamichi.
Horned snake (Zool.), the cerastes.
Horned toad (Zool.), any lizard of the genus Phrynosoma,
of which nine or ten species are known. These lizards have
several hornlike spines on the head, and a broad, flat
body, covered with spiny scales. They inhabit the dry,
sandy plains from California to Mexico and Texas. Called
also horned lizard.
Horned viper. (Zool.) See Cerastes.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large owls having prominent ear tufts