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 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • screech owl — n. ☆ 1. any of various small New World owls (genus Otus) of a worldwide family (Strigidae), characterized by feathered ear tufts and an eerie, wailing cry rather than a hoot 2. Brit. any owl with such a cry …   English World dictionary

  • screech owl — screech′ owl n. orn any of several small New World owls of the genus Otus, having hornlike tufts of feathers, as O. asio, of E North America …   From formal English to slang

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  • 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 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

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  • screech owl — /ˈskritʃ aʊl/ (say skreech owl) noun any owl with a harsh cry, as the barn owl, Tyto alba, or many members of the genus Otus (distinguished from hoot owl) …   Australian English dictionary

  • screech owl — noun a) A North American owl belonging to the Megascops genus. b) the barn owl, Tyto alba …   Wiktionary

  • screech owl — n. small owl of North America; any owl that emits screeching shout …   English contemporary dictionary

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