Meaning of OWL in English


— owllike , adj.

/owl/ , n.

1. any of numerous, chiefly nocturnal birds of prey, of the order Strigiformes, having a broad head with large, forward-directed eyes that are usually surrounded by disks of modified feathers: many populations are diminishing owing to loss of habitat.

2. one of a breed of domestic pigeons having an owllike appearance.

3. See night owl .

4. a person of owllike solemnity or appearance.


5. operating late at night or all night: an owl train.

[ bef. 900; ME oule, OE ule; c. LG ule, D uil; akin to G Eule, ON ugla ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .