barn owl

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barn owl

n.
A predatory nocturnal bird (Tyto alba) having a white, heart-shaped face, buff-brown upper plumage, and pale underparts, often nesting in barns and other buildings. Also called monkey-faced owl.
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barn owl

n
(Animals) any owl of the genus Tyto, esp T. alba, having a pale brown and white plumage, long slender legs, and a heart-shaped face: family Tytonidae
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barn′ owl`


n.
any of several owls of the family Tytonidae, having a heart-shaped facial disk.
[1665–75]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barn owl - mottled buff and white owl often inhabiting barns and other structuresbarn owl - mottled buff and white owl often inhabiting barns and other structures; important in rodent control
bird of Minerva, bird of night, owl, hooter - nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
genus Tyto, Tyto - type and only genus of the family Tytonidae
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Translations

barn owl

nbarbagianni m inv nostrano
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References in periodicals archive ?
They are also referred to as a ghost owl, as its pale body and wings can glow a ghostly white when spotted flying on a dark evening.
But in others, sadly, they've become symbols of a rural landscape that's vanishing quietly and surely--like a "ghost owl" in the night.
Nocturnal and rarely seen, they're known, in some cultures, as ghost owls.