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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Owl  \Owl\,  n.  [AS.  [=u]le;  akin  to  D.  uil,  OHG.  [=u]wila,  G. 
  eule,  Icel.  ugla,  Sw  ugla,  Dan.  ugle.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  species  of  raptorial  birds  of  the  family 
  {Strigid[ae]}.  They  have  large  eyes  and  ears,  and  a 
  conspicuous  circle  of  feathers  around  each  eye.  They  are 
  mostly  nocturnal  in  their  habits. 
  Note:  Some  species  have  erectile  tufts  of  feathers  on  the 
  head.  The  feathers  are  soft  and  somewhat  downy.  The 
  species  are  numerous.  See  {Barn  owl},  {Burrowing  owl}, 
  {Eared  owl},  {Hawk  owl},  {Horned  owl},  {Screech  owl}, 
  {Snowy  owl},  under  {Barn},  {Burrowing},  etc 
  Note:  In  the  Scriptures  the  owl  is  commonly  associated  with 
  desolation;  poets  and  story-tellers  introduce  it  as  a 
  bird  of  ill  omen.  .  .  .  The  Greeks  and  Romans  made  it 
  the  emblem  of  wisdom,  and  sacred  to  Minerva,  --  and 
  indeed  its  large  head  and  solemn  eyes  give  it  an  air  of 
  wisdom.  --Am.  Cyc. 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  variety  of  the  domestic  pigeon. 
  {Owl  monkey}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of  South 
  American  nocturnal  monkeys  of  the  genus  {Nyctipithecus}. 
  They  have  very  large  eyes.  Called  also  {durukuli}. 
  {Owl  moth}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  very  large  moth  ({Erebus  strix}). 
  The  expanse  of  its  wings  is  over  ten  inches. 
  {Owl  parrot}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  kakapo. 
  {Sea  owl}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  lumpfish. 
  {Owl  train},  a  cant  name  for  certain  railway  trains  whose  run 
  is  in  the  nighttime. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Durukuli  \Du`ru*ku"li\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  small  nocturnal,  South  American  monkey  ({Nyctipthecus 
  trivirgatus}).  [Written  also  {douroucouli}.]