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Definition of Owl


  1. 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.
  2. A variety of the domestic pigeon.
  3. To pry about; to prowl.
  4. To carry wool or sheep out of England.
  5. Hence, to carry on any contraband trade.

Owl Quotations

Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.

I'm a night owl, and luckily my profession supports that. The best ideas come to me in the dead of night.
Josh Fox

First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl.
Marion Barry

I've always been a night owl.
Blake Lively

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
Ernest Hemingway
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Owl Translations

owl in Danish is ugle
owl in Dutch is uil
owl in French is chouette, hibou
owl in German is Eule
owl in Hungarian is bagoly
owl in Italian is civetta
owl in Portuguese is coruja, mocho
owl in Swedish is uggla
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