bird of Minerva

bird of Minerva
noun
nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
Syn: ↑owl, ↑bird of night, ↑hooter
Derivationally related forms: ↑owlet (for: ↑owl), ↑hoot (for: ↑hooter)
Hypernyms: ↑bird of prey, ↑raptor, ↑raptorial bird
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑Strigiformes, ↑order Strigiformes

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Usage: usually capitalized M
Etymology: after Minerva, ancient Roman goddess
: owl

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bird of Minerva,
the owl (as a symbol of wisdom).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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