• WordNet 3.6
    • n owl nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by...
Owl-shaped bottle: Arkansas.--1/3 Owl-shaped bottle: Arkansas.--1/3
Wise old owl Wise old owl
great horned owl great horned owl
Owl in oak Owl in oak
Screech-owl Screech-owl
two owls on dead tree two owls on dead tree

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An owl has three eyelids
    • Owl (Zoöl) A variety of the domestic pigeon.
    • Owl (Zoöl) Any species of raptorial birds of the family Strigidæ. They have large eyes and ears, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits.
    • Owl Hence, to carry on any contraband trade.
    • Owl To carry wool or sheep out of England.
    • Owl To pry about; to prowl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Male owls weigh less and are smaller than female owls
    • n owl A raptorial nocturnal bird of prey of the family Strigidæ Owls constitute a highly monomorphic group, the suborder Striges of the order Raptores. With few exceptions, they are of distinctively nocturnal habits and a peculiar physiognomy produced by the great size and breadth of the head and the shortened face with large eyes looking forward and usually set in a facial ruff or disk of modified feathers, which hide the base of the bill. Many owls have also “horns “(that is, ear-tufts) or plumicorns. The bill is hooked, but never toothed, and the nostrils open at the edge of the cere, not in it. The plumage is very soft and blended, without aftershafts. and the flight is noiseless. The talons are large, sharp, and hooked as in other birds of prey; the outer toe is versatile; and the feet are usually feathered to the claws. (See cut under braccate.) There are many anatomical characters. (See Striges.) Owls are among the most nearly cosmopolitan of birds. They feed entirely upon animal substances, and capture their prey alive, as small quadrupeds and birds, various reptiles, fishes, and insects. They lay from three to six white eggs of subspherical shape. There are about 200 species, assigned to some 50 modern genera, and now usually considered as constituting 2 families, Aluconidæ and Strigidæ, or barn-owls and other owls. See cuts under barn-owl, Bubo, Glaucidium, hawk-owl, Nyctala, Otus, snow-owl, and Strix.
    • n owl A variety of the domestic pigeon: so called from its owl-like physiognomy. The head is round, and the beak very short. There are several strains of owls, known as English, African, and Chinese. All run in various colors.
    • n owl A person whose pleasure or business it is to be up or about much at night.
    • owl To carry on a contraband or unlawful trade at night or in secrecy; skulk about with contraband goods; smuggle; especially, to carry wool or sheep out of the country, at one time an offense at law.
    • n owl A dialectal form of wool.
    • n owl Sometimes applied to the barn-owl, Strix protincola, which is white below and when in flight seems almost entirely white. See cut at barn-owl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An owl cannot move it's eyeballs in its eye sockets.
    • n Owl owl a carnivorous bird that seeks its food by night, noted for its howling or hooting noise
    • v.i Owl to smuggle contraband goods
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  • Proverb
    “The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Listening: A wise old owl sat in an oak. The longer he sat, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we be like that wise old bird?”
  • Edward Hersey Richards
    Edward Hersey Richards
    “A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”


Night owl - A night owl is someone who goes to bed very late.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ūle,; akin to D. uil, OHG. ūwila, G. eule, Icel. ugla, Sw. ugla, Dan. ugle,


In literature:

But of black cat's gall let him aye have care, And of screech-owl's venomous blood beware!
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The vast majority of owls, being strictly nocturnal, escape observation.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
But the Pet Owl made himself useful in some ways.
"The Hoosier School-boy" by Edward Eggleston
I make no apology; I've learned owl-eology.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
The owl I know least is a little Scops owl, kept alone in the insect-house.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
In winter, when this owl is fat, the Indians esteem the Snowy owl to be good eating.
"Mamma's Stories about Birds" by Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
Silly old Mrs. White Owl had been telling her all winter how very well white suited her complexion.
"Little White Fox and his Arctic Friends" by Roy J. Snell
What Kiddie Katydid said to him about Solomon Owl frightened him.
"The Tale of Kiddie Katydid" by Arthur Scott Bailey
We shall meet with a similar animal on the pampas of South America, and which has also the companionship of a little owl.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
But he was so still that the owl became still too, and did not know when he arose and moved on.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He belonged to the Snowy Owl family, being bigger, even, than Solomon Owl.
"The Tale of Grumpy Weasel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
They hauled her from under the bed, and placed her on her mother's knee, where she sat blinking at the light like a young owl.
"Queensland Cousins" by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
Far to the right of them rose the hoot of an owl, but it was a real owl and they paid no attention to it.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
While Bevis was peeping out he saw the owl go by over the orchard and up beside the hedge.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
But he never once thought of Hooty the Owl.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
Its flight, like that of all the owl family, is smooth and noiseless.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
Besides, the bird that lived in the wall was a common owl.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
I took up my lodgings in a tower, where dwelt a watchman and an owl.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
Reach in with your gloved hand and bring the screech owl out.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell

In poetry:

I tasted deep the hour
Between the far
Owl's chuckling first soft cry
And the first star.
"Sowing" by Edward Thomas

O was an Owl who flew
All in the dark away,
Papa said, 'What an owl you are!
'Why don't you fly by day!'
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
And never squeak, my children,
Nor gnaw the smoke-house door:
The owl-queen then will love us
And send her birds no more.
"What Grandpa Mouse Said" by Vachel Lindsay
Oh! the mad delight of chase!
Oh ! the shouting and the cheer !
Many an owl doth leave his place
In the dusty tree to hear.
"A Fairy Hunt" by Francis Ledwidge
Fearless within the churchyard's spell
The white-browed lady doth stand and sigh;
She loves the mist, and the grave, and the moon,
And the owl's quivering cry.
"A Ballad Of The Mist" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
The cold streams run in a bed of pebbles and stone,
The sweet owls vaguely swim in an atmosphere
Where the balms of prayer and mystery are blown;
Sometimes in the rill a ripple flashes clear;
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

C'est Cheese, Blue Owl, ChanTeas.com, and More.
Trying to comprehend a snowy owl being shot.
The Big East Conference enters 2012 season with more questions than answers as conference realignment saw the West Virginia Mountaineers move to the Big 12 and the return of the Temple Owls.
Spiders, owls, vultures: And more fascinating critters on the PAWS campus (gallery).
Mississippi State pounds turnover-prone Owls.
Dukes establishing himself as Owls' top receiver.
1 team in the country with a dominating 40-7 win over the Owls on Saturday.
Alabama- FAU postgame quotes: Owls coach Carl Pelini and players.
Florida Atlantic wide receiver DeAndre Richardson, who led the Owls with 32 catches in 2011, could see his first action of the season Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.
FAU junior defensive back Christian Milstead will see some familiar faces Saturday when the Owls travel to play Navy.
Wandering owl The Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve Wandering Owl event will be Oct 20.
HOUSTON — Rice kicker Chris Boswell carried the Owls on his right foot.
From the serious – tracking a murderer – to the sublime – raising a baby owl – retired Maine.
Hooty the owl no pics of the goldfish but they were there.
How will the Owls fare this season against stiffer competition.

In science:

It is usually provided by using some kind of ontology such as OWL-S .
Reasoning About a Service-oriented Programming Paradigm
The abstract agent descriptions was based on existing and emerging technologies for semantical ly capable Service-Oriented Architectures (Ra jasekaran et al., 2004), such as the OWL-S semantic markup for web services (Martin et al., 2004).
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
Finally, the paper shows the graphical view of the classes, generated OWL schemas and XML scripts which is used to link existing web resources into the semantic web.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
OWL ontology concepts can have references to concepts in other ontologies.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
Description of Classes The important view in the Protégé OWL plugin is the OWL classes. Classes describe concepts in the domain.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
In contrast to other properties, annotation properties do not have any formal meaning for external OWL components like reasoners, but they are an extremely important vehicle for maintaining project information.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
Creation of Properties The properties widget of the OWL classes tab allows users to view and create relationships between classes. It provides access to those properties that could be used by the instances of the current class.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
OWL also has another property named annotation property, which is used to add information (i.e. metadata data about data) to classes, individuals and object/ datatype properties.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
OWL/XML Rendering The structure of any expression in RDF consists of triples, each consisting of a subject, a predicate and an object. A set of each triples is called an RDF graph.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
The important issue with reasoners is that OWL is not able to handle full expressivity.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
The specification distinguishes between OWL Full and OWL DL to indicate tractable language elements to reasoners.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
Ontologies which use metaclasses which is a OWL Full element cannot be classified.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
Complete OWL Full syntax is not supported by protégé.
Development Of Ontology-Based Intelligent System For Software Testing
Whether this scenario is the correct one or not should be answered in a few years by the Pierre Auger Southern Observatory [77, 78] (fluorescence detector plus ground array) as well as by the future eyes of the OWL that will deeply watch into the CR-sky.
From 3K to $10^{20}$eV
Hopefully the Auger Observatory, and later EUSO and OWL, will collect significant statistics of such events that will reveal the type and the luminosity of the UHECR sources.
On the Luminosity of the Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays Sources