barn owl

noun
mottled buff and white owl often inhabiting barns and other structures; important in rodent control
Syn: ↑Tyto alba
Hypernyms: ↑owl, ↑bird of Minerva, ↑bird of night, ↑hooter
Member Holonyms: ↑Tyto, ↑genus Tyto

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noun
: a nearly cosmopolitan owl (Tyto alba, syn. Strix flammea) having plumage mottled with buff brown and gray above and chiefly white below and frequenting barns and other buildings where it is an important factor in rodent control

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a yellowish-brown and white owl, Tyto alba, often inhabiting barns and other buildings.
[1665-75]

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barn owl noun
A species of owl, generally buff-coloured above and white below
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Main Entry:barn

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barn owl UK US noun [countable] [singular barn owl plural barn owls]
a type of owl with white and brown feathers and a face shaped like a heart
Thesaurus: species of birdhyponym

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barn owl,
a common owl of North America and most other parts of the world, having long legs, a heart-shaped face, and small eyes. It often lives in barns or deserted buildings, where it feeds on mice and rats.

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n. an owl with a heart-shaped face, dark eyes, and relatively long, slender legs. It typically nests in farm buildings or in holes in trees. Genus Tyto, family Tytonidae: three species, esp. the white-faced T. alba, which is found throughout the world

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noun, pl ⋯ owls [count]
: a common kind of owl that nests in barns and other buildings

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ˈbarn owl [barn owl barn owls] noun
a ↑bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food) of the ↑owl family, that often makes its nest in ↑barns and other buildings

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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