Fern owl

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fern owl (Zoöl) The European goatsucker.
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Usage

In literature:

The darkness had lifted by then, and the owl was out over the fern again.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
There was a confounded fern owl.
"Misalliance" by George Bernard Shaw
It has another name, the fern-owl.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I was glad you were pleased with my specimen of the caprimulgus, or fern-owl; you were, I find, acquainted with the bird before.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
Not long after a fern-owl was procured, which, from its habit and shape, we suspected might resemble the cuckoo in its internal construction.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2" by Gilbert White
The fern owls are very numerous.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
The darkness had lifted by then, and the owl was out over the fern again.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
An owl quavered softly, and the water among the ferns whispered.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
As they walked they saw a fern owl floating along the hedge by the stubble.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
The Goat-sucker has sometimes been called the Night-jar from its discordant note, it is also known as the Fern Owl.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
Other names by which it is locally known are Fern Owl, Wheeler, and Nightchurr.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
FERN, CHURN, OR JAR-OWL.
"Nests and Eggs of Familiar British Birds, Second Series" by Henry Gardiner Adams
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