Meaning of screech owl

screech' owl"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of numerous small American owls of the genus Otus, having hornlike tufts of feathers, as O. asio, of eastern North America.
  2. (not in technical use) any owl having a harsh cry, esp. the barn owl.
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