Screech bird
Screech Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster]

{Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo["o]l.), the fieldfare; -- so called from its harsh cry before rain.

{Screech rain}.

{Screech hawk} (Zo["o]l.), the European goatsucker; -- so called from its note. [Prov. Eng.]

{Screech owl}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small American owl ({Scops asio}), either gray or reddish in color. (b) The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other species. [1913 Webster]


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  • Screech — Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] {Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo[ o]l.), the fieldfare; so called from its harsh cry before rain. {Screech rain}. {Screech hawk} (Zo[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screech hawk — Screech Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] {Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo[ o]l.), the fieldfare; so called from its harsh cry before rain. {Screech rain}. {Screech… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screech owl — Screech Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] {Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo[ o]l.), the fieldfare; so called from its harsh cry before rain. {Screech rain}. {Screech… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screech rain — Screech Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] {Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo[ o]l.), the fieldfare; so called from its harsh cry before rain. {Screech rain}. {Screech… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Screech thrush — Screech Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] {Screech bird}, or {Screech thrush} (Zo[ o]l.), the fieldfare; so called from its harsh cry before rain. {Screech rain}. {Screech… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • screech owl — noun 1. any owl that has a screeching cry • Hypernyms: ↑owl, ↑bird of Minerva, ↑bird of night, ↑hooter 2. small North American owl having hornlike tufts of feathers whose call sounds like a quavering whistle • Syn: ↑Otus asio …   Useful english dictionary

  • screech — [[t]skri͟ːtʃ[/t]] screeches, screeching, screeched 1) VERB If a vehicle screeches somewhere or if its tyres screech, its tyres make an unpleasant high pitched noise on the road. [V prep/adv] A black Mercedes screeched to a halt beside the… …   English dictionary

  • screech owl — 1. any of numerous small American owls of the genus Otus, having hornlike tufts of feathers, as O. asio, of eastern North America. 2. (not in technical use) any owl having a harsh cry, esp. the barn owl. Also, screech owl. [1585 95] * * * Any of… …   Universalium

  • bird of Minerva — noun nocturnal bird of prey with hawk like beak and claws and large head with front facing eyes • Syn: ↑owl, ↑bird of night, ↑hooter • Derivationally related forms: ↑owlet (for: ↑owl), ↑hoot ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird of night — noun nocturnal bird of prey with hawk like beak and claws and large head with front facing eyes • Syn: ↑owl, ↑bird of Minerva, ↑hooter • Derivationally related forms: ↑owlet (for: ↑owl), ↑hoot …   Useful english dictionary

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