1. Any species of raptorial birds of the family Strigidae. They have large eyes and ears, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits.
  2. A variety of the domestic pigeon.

v. i.

  1. To pry about; to prowl.
  2. To carry wool or sheep out of England.
  3. Hence, to carry on any contraband trade.