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  Dictionary Definition of owl

owl
noun
1. any of numerous birds of prey of the order Strigiformes, chiefly nocturnal, with a broad head and with large eyes which are usually surrounded by discs of modified feathers and directed forwards. They feed on mice, small birds and reptiles, etc.
2. a variety of domestic pigeons of owl-like appearance.
3. a person of nocturnal habits.
4. a person of owl-like solemnity or appearance.
5. a wise person, especially one whose knowledge is derived from book learning.
[ME oule, OE ule, c. LG ule; akin to G Eule, Icel. ugla ]
-- owl-like, adjective