The owl prowled in the plain.

It happened in the plain where the flying predator prowled.

Are these sentences using the word prowled correctly? I thought you would use it for land predators, but I am not sure how to use the word for flying predators.

  • Did you mean "owl" instead of "howl?" A howl is not an animal but a cry (sound) made by an animal.
    – TypeIA
    May 23 '20 at 14:53
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    As a transitive verb, "The owl prowled the plain.", it seems appropriate. M-W to roam over in a predatory manner. That's exactly what owls do, flying as quietly as possible, back and forth, until they hear a sound. It is unusual, but it fits perfectly. May 23 '20 at 17:53
  • Did you write these examples? Or are you quoting them from somewhere. You have to tell us the original source, and if possible link to it.
    – James K
    May 23 '20 at 21:43

It looks to me as though the writer is using the verb for effect, simply due to the similarity in sound between owl/prowl. As you noted, it is unusual to see "prowl" used to describe flying creatures - in fact, I've never heard it used that way before.

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