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NOUN (1)

1. nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes;
[syn: owl, bird of Minerva, bird of night, hooter]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Owl \Owl\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Owled; p. pr. & vb. n. Owling.] 1. To pry about; to prowl. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. To carry wool or sheep out of England. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Note: This was formerly illegal, and was done chiefly by night. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, to carry on any contraband trade. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Owl \Owl\ (oul), n. [AS. [=u]le; akin to D. uil, OHG. [=u]wila, G. eule, Icel. ugla, Sw. ugla, Dan. ugle.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zool.) Any species of raptorial birds of the family Strigidae. They have large eyes and ears, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits. [1913 Webster] Note: Some species have erectile tufts of feathers on the head. The feathers are soft and somewhat downy. The species are numerous. See Barn owl, Burrowing owl, Eared owl, Hawk owl, Horned owl, Screech owl, Snowy owl, under Barn, Burrowing, etc. [1913 Webster] Note: In the Scriptures the owl is commonly associated with desolation; poets and story-tellers introduce it as a bird of ill omen. . . . The Greeks and Romans made it the emblem of wisdom, and sacred to Minerva, -- and indeed its large head and solemn eyes give it an air of wisdom. --Am. Cyc. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) A variety of the domestic pigeon. [1913 Webster] Owl monkey (Zool.), any one of several species of South American nocturnal monkeys of the genus Nyctipithecus. They have very large eyes. Called also durukuli. Owl moth (Zool.), a very large moth (Erebus strix). The expanse of its wings is over ten inches. Owl parrot (Zool.), the kakapo. Sea owl (Zool.), the lumpfish. Owl train, a cant name for certain railway trains whose run is in the nighttime. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

owl n 1: nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes [syn: owl, bird of Minerva, bird of night, hooter]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "owl": angry clouds, avifauna, baby bird, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno, bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey, birdie, birdlife, birdy, black cat, black clouds, broken mirror, cage bird, chick, cygnet, diving bird, dove, eagle, eaglet, fish-eating bird, fledgling, flightless bird, fowl, fruit-eating bird, fulmar, game bird, gathering clouds, halcyon bird, insect-eating bird, migrant, migratory bird, nestling, oscine bird, passerine bird, peacock, peafowl, peahen, perching bird, pigeon, rainbow, ratite, raven, sea bird, seed-eating bird, shooting star, shore bird, songbird, squab, storm clouds, storm petrel, stormy petrel, swan, thundercloud, thunderhead, wading bird, warbler, water bird, waterfowl, wildfowl
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

OWL Ontology Web Language (WWW, W3C)
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

OWL Object Windows Library (Borland, API)
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

OWL Open Windows Library (API)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

OWL 1. Office Workstations Limited. 2. Object Windows Language. (1996-01-13)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

Owl The original name of Trellis. (1995-01-19)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Owl (1.) Heb. bath-haya'anah, "daughter of greediness" or of "shouting." In the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:16; Deut. 14:15); also mentioned in Job 30:29; Isa. 13:21; 34:13; 43:20; Jer. 50:39; Micah 1:8. In all these passages the Revised Version translates "ostrich" (q.v.), which is the correct rendering. (2.) Heb. yanshuph, rendered "great owl" in Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:16, and "owl" in Isa. 34:11. This is supposed to be the Egyptian eagle-owl (Bubo ascalaphus), which takes the place of the eagle-owl (Bubo maximus) found in Southern Europe. It is found frequenting the ruins of Egypt and also of the Holy Land. "Its cry is a loud, prolonged, and very powerful hoot. I know nothing which more vividly brought to my mind the sense of desolation and loneliness than the re-echoing hoot of two or three of these great owls as I stood at midnight among the ruined temples of Baalbek" (Tristram). The LXX. and Vulgate render this word by "ibis", i.e., the Egyptian heron. (3.) Heb. kos, rendered "little owl" in Lev. 11:17; Deut. 14:16, and "owl" in Ps. 102:6. The Arabs call this bird "the mother of ruins." It is by far the most common of all the owls of Palestine. It is the Athene persica, the bird of Minerva, the symbol of ancient Athens. (4.) Heb. kippoz, the "great owl" (Isa. 34:15); Revised Version, "arrow-snake;" LXX. and Vulgate, "hedgehog," reading in the text, kippod, instead of kippoz. There is no reason to doubt the correctness of the rendering of the Authorized Version. Tristram says: "The word [i.e., kippoz] is very possibly an imitation of the cry of the scops owl (Scops giu), which is very common among ruins, caves, and old walls of towns...It is a migrant, returning to Palestine in spring." (5.) Heb. lilith, "screech owl" (Isa. 34:14, marg. and R.V., "night monster"). The Hebrew word is from a root signifying "night." Some species of the owl is obviously intended by this word. It may be the hooting or tawny owl (Syrnium aluco), which is common in Egypt and in many parts of Palestine. This verse in Isaiah is "descriptive of utter and perpetual desolation, of a land that should be full of ruins, and inhabited by the animals that usually make such ruins their abode."