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OWLING, Eng. law. The offence of transporting wool or sheep out of the kingdom.
     2. The name is said to owe its origin to the fact that this offence was carried on in the night, when the owl was abroad.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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On a shelf over the window sat a great blue owl with a blue sunbonnet on her head, blinking her big round eyes at the visitors.
The wisdom of this plan was soon evident, for the Phanfasm with the owl's head turned and led the way up the mountain.
Two owls are perched near me, and are carrying on a long conversation that I enjoy as much as any warbling of nightingales.
"I am sorry," said the Owl, "to have to contradict the Crow, my famous friend and colleague.
"How far is it to the Owl Creek bridge?" Fahrquhar asked.
An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them, and three times screamed:
I was also serenaded by a hooting owl. Near at hand you could fancy it the most melancholy sound in Nature, as if she meant by this to stereotype and make permanent in her choir the dying moans of a human being -- some poor weak relic of mortality who has left hope behind, and howls like an animal, yet with human sobs, on entering the dark valley, made more awful by a certain gurgling melodiousness -- I find myself beginning with the letters gl when I try to imitate it -- expressive of a mind which has reached the gelatinous, mildewy stage in the mortification of all healthy and courageous thought.
So it was agreed that the monkey, Chee-Chee, was to do the cooking and mending; the dog was to sweep the floors; the duck was to dust and make the beds; the owl, Too-Too, was to keep the accounts, and the pig was to do the gardening.
The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat, While the Owl had the dish as its share of the treat.
The stone faces on the outer wails stared blindly at the black night for three heavy hours; for three heavy hours, the horses in the stables rattled at their racks, the dogs barked, and the owl made a noise with very little resemblance in it to the noise conventionally assigned to the owl by men-poets.
"Listen to the owl!" Katerina Ivanovna whispered at once, her good- humour almost restored, "she meant to say he kept his hands in his pockets, but she said he put his hands in people's pockets.
IN the spring of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-eight there lived, in a certain county of North Britain, two venerable White Owls.