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n.1.(Zool.) Tengmalm's or Richardson's owl (Nyctale Tengmalmi); - so called from a superstition of the North American Indians that its note presages death.
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in this volume on his works of science fiction and fantasy, including Deathbird Stories, "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," "Shatterday," A Boy and His Dog, and "Psy-Fi.
He gives his nickname as The Bishop - after the X-Man books' mutant cop and loner romantically and tragically linked to a character called Deathbird.
His other works include Deathbird Stories: A Pantheon of Modern Gods (1975), All the Lies That Are My Life (1980), and The Harlan Ellison Hornbook (1990).