Definition of Laughing owl

1. Noun. Almost extinct owl of New Zealand.




Definition of Laughing owl

1. Noun. An owl (''Sceloglaux albifacies'') of New Zealand, now probably extinct, named for its cry. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Laughing Owl

laughing geese
laughing goose
laughing gull
laughing gulls
laughing heir
laughing heir statute
laughing heir statutes
laughing heirs
laughing hyaena
laughing hyena
laughing hyenas
laughing kookaburra
laughing out of court
laughing owl (current term)
laughing owls
laughing sickness
laughing stock
laughingly
laughings
laughingstock
laughingstocks
laughless
laughline
laughlines
laughs
laughs out of court
laughsome
laughster

Literary usage of Laughing owl

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1. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases, and Usages by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
"... Transactions of New Zealand Institute,' vol. xviii. art. xiii. P- 97: "Athene albifacies, laughing owl ..."

2. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederic Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1899)
"... the laughing owl of Xew Zealand, is rufous-brown, with the middle of the feathers dark, and a few marks of white and buff above; ..."

3. Handbook for Australia & New Zealand: (including Also the Fiji Islands) with by S.W. Silver & Co (1880)
"... and the ' laughing owl' by the settlers. It is larger The laugh- than the ordinary screech-owl, spotted with chesnut and ins owl- black, ..."

4. Library of Southern Literature by John Calvin Metcalf (1909)
"Through the swamp suddenly pealed the eldritch mirth of a great laughing owl, beginning with a high note, like a shriek, and trailing into a prolonged ..."

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