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owl (oul) noun
1.Any of various often nocturnal birds of prey of the order Strigiformes, having hooked and feathered talons, large heads with short hooked beaks, large eyes set forward, and fluffy plumage that allows for almost noiseless flight.
2.Any of a breed of domestic pigeons resembling owls.
[Middle English owle, from Old English śle, of imitative origin.]
Owl, common name for an order
of widely distributed nocturnal birds of prey. There are two families:
the typical owls and the barn owls.
An owl's large eyes are encased in a capsule of bone called the sclerotic ring, which allows almost no eye movement. Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees to see sideways. Most owls hunt at night, so their hearing is particularly important. Many have asymmetrical skulls, with the ear openings at different levels; this feature enables the bird to locate an animal's sound precisely. Some owls nest in holes in trees or among rocks, others construct large tree nests; and others nest on the ground. Owls feed entirely on living animals, mostly insects and mammals.
The largest genus (Otus) contains more than 50 species. The eagle owls (Bubo) are among the largest species. They have large, earlike tufts of feathers on their heads. Of this genus, only the great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) lives in the Americas, but 17 other species exist in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is the smallest species and lives in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is 13 cm (5 in) long and nests in large cacti.
Scientific classification: Owls make up the order Strigiformes. Typical owls make up the family Strigidae, and barn owls make up the family Tytonidae.
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film _Blade Runner_ (vhs/ntsc) (1982)
Rachael: Do you like our owl?
Deckard: Is it artificial?
Rachael: Of course it is.
Deckard: Must be expensive.
Rachael: Very. It seems you feel our work is not a benefit to the public.
Deckard: Replicants are like any other machine - they're either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit, it's not my problem.
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