This is a list of words and terms that have been used in the books comprising the series. Note that all words listed are Hoolian unless otherwise indicated.
n. The Northern and Southern Lights
n. Powerful and unpredictable air currents found in typhoons and storms. The film's Behind the Scene's lists it as a low pressure air current.
n. Unfermented bingle juice. Because of that, it contains no alcohol.
n. Sharp, claw-shaped weapons, usually forged by a Rogue smith, that are fastened onto an owl's talons.
n. Intoxicating drink, similar to beer and wine.
adj. Crazy, loony, out of one's mind. Means the same as the Hoolian term "yoicks."
adj. The strongest and most energetic fires; also refers to coals.
n. The backside of a curl wind, or kitibit.
n. A special bag for carrying ice weapons or books.
v. The first step toward flight, in which owlets in trees hop from branch to branch while flapping their wings.
n. The meal owls enjoy at the end of the night, just before the break of dawn.
n. (Krakish) Winter; literally means "deep snow."
n. A cluster of eggs that a female owl has laid.
n. A female owl with eggs.
n. (wolf) A formation of wolves, mostly used for hunting and sometimes travelling.
Cave of Souls
n. (wolf) Wolf heaven.
n. A small team of owls with a valuable skillset in common: search-and-rescue, navigation, weather-interpretation, colliering, tracking, Ga'Hoolology, and metals.
v. To drop an owl from his or her chaw for an indefinite period of time, which is considered extremely humiliating.
n. A mock chaw that helps in tapping owlets for an official chaw.
n.(wolf-speak and bat-speak) The ultimate leader of a wolf clan, and is also used to describe the lead bat of a group of bats. (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole- The Video Game).
v. To laugh, the sound that owls make when they laugh.
v. To laugh something off and take it lightly.
n. An odd coal that can disable the magnetic properties of flecks without burning anything.
n. An owl who collects coals from a fire for various uses such as forging.
n. The season of Autumn.
v. A flight maneuver that involves flying at an angle, similar to the sideways walk of a crab, in order to push through a strong headwind.
n. Creeps, heebie-jeebies.
n. An infirmary bed in the Great Tree.
n. The ancestors of both crows and owls, before the two species separated into distinct forms.
n. (Jouzhen) A way of fighting without battle claws. The user inhales air, temporarily increasing his or her size, and then releases this air, which propels them forward at great speed.
n. (Jouzhen) The five senior teachers of the Danyar.
n. Trees that have fallen for no apparent reason. Thought to be haunted but in fact are the result of structural failure.
n. Just before dawn, when the black has faded but the sun has not yet spilled its first sliver of a ray over the horizon.
n. A triangle of flecks positioned in certain places, which disrupts the navigational abilities of all birds trapped inside it.
n. An unusually large species of wolf, thought to be extinct but actually thriving in the region of Beyond the Beyond.
n. (Jouzhen) A knower or sage.
n. One of the blue owls of the Dragon Court, who was, in a past life, a hagsfiend.
v. (of the moon) To wane/appear to grow smaller in the sky.
v. When an owl becomes transfixed by the light of a raging fire and goes yeep.
n. Battle claws with live coals embedded in the tips; rarely made by Rogue smiths due to the damage they inflict on an owl's talons over time.
n. The ability to see events that take place in faraway places or the future in flames.
n. The collective effect of flecks on the owl brain and gizzard.
n. The smallest bits of an ironlike metal with magnetic property, considered more precious than gold, prized by the owls of St. Aggie's and the Pure Ones with its ability to disrupt birds' navigational abilities.
v/n. 1: To have value. 2: Highly valued type of rock in the owl world.
n. The Ga'Hoolian form of punishment. Roughly means to do something to pay back for the value that has been taken away. An example of a flint mop could be burying pellets for 3 days.
v. To flirt
n. (wolf-speak) Rabies.
v. A rude remark that means to supremely irritate, considered one of the worst words a owl can say, as in, "This really frinks me off!"
n. (Krakish) A friend.
v. (Krakish) To freeze.
n. Raw courage, mettle.
n. A term used by owls that means "Great Spirit," as in Ga'Hoole (Great Spirit of Hoole). The seeds of Ga' are said to be in every owl's gizzard, but rarely grows. Hoole had Ga', and the Great tree was named for the spirit of Ga'.
n. (wolf-speak) A ceremonial cave.
n. A singing owl that travels from one region to the next with no planned destination and no real home.
n. The chaw in which owls study the great Ga'Hoole tree and its history.
n. The noisy chatter of young owls before their voices are fully formed.
Give it a blow
v. Lighten up.
n. An owl's second stomach, which compacts bones, feathers, and fur into a pellet, which is then yarped; an invaluable emotional guide, where an owl's deepest feelings are felt. Owls often swear by this: "by my gizzard."
n. A blankness of the gizzard which leads to malfunction of the brain.
n. A kind of thinking beyond the nomal reasoning processes by which one immediately apprehends the truth, perceives and understands reality. It cannot really be taught, but can be developed by being extremely attentive and sensitive to the natural world.
n. Owl heaven.
n. The higher being worshipped by owls; the owl deity.
n. An act of pressing the wings to the head and bowing in midair, as a gesture of respect.
n. A group of male owls who live at the Glauxian Brothers' Retreat who devote their lives to study, meditation, writing, and the healing arts.
Glauxian Brothers' Retreat
n. The home of the Glauxian Brothers. It is located in the Northern Kingdom, specifically on an island in the Bitter Sea.
n. Female counterparts to the Glauxian Brothers.
Glauxian Sisters' Retreat
n. The home of the Glauxian Sisters. It is also located in the Northern Kingdom, specifically on Elsemere Island in the Everwinter Sea.
n. the owl equivalent of godspeed. Often used to say goodbye and wish someone good fortune or success on their journey.
v. To goof off or mess around, as in "gleeking about."
n. A particular kind of coal valued for its density of heat.
n. (wolf-speak) A deformed wolf in the pack, who is expected to use submissive positions, gnaw bones and train for the Watch of the Sacred Ring. The lowest rank in the pack, similar to omega wolves in reality.
n. The Hoolian owls' term for summer (the time of the Golden Rain).
n. A depressed state or a creature in such a state.
n. What owls say to one another before going to sleep for the day.
v. (wolf-speak) Similar to "crackle" but refers to rocks shattering inside volcanoes.
n. (wolf-speak) A bad owl that dives for the Ember of Hoole.
n. The polar bears' Higher Being.
n. A tree where owls come to drink and socialize.
adj. Forbidden food, such as baby animals.
n. (Krakish) A native.
n. (Jouzhen) Vastness.
adj. (Krakish) Good.
n. (Jouzhen) A guest.
n./adj. Witchcraft. Can also refer to something especially evil or appalling, such as the fake poster created by the Striga that accused the Band of treason.
n. Surviving crowl with magical powers, now extinct. Hagsfiends are also the ancestors of the Dragon Owls in the Middle Kingdom.
n. Owl hell.
n. A furrow in the air where hailstones can form.
n. A lone owl that can be recruited for battle for the price of a good set of battle claws.
n. Swirling winds over the Sea of Hoolemere.
n. The common language of the Southern Kingdoms.
n. (Krakish) A snake.
n. (Krakish) A supremely beautiful snake.
n. The Kielian snakes' serpent spirit/ the constellation that appears briefly at the end of the summer moons.
n. (Krakish/Jouzhen) The innermost part of the gizzard. In the Middle Kingdom, the H'ryth is the spiritual leader.
exclamation (snake-speak) "Young owls will be young owls!"
n. The name of the first owl, and of Hoole, the first king of Ga'Hoole - the foster son of Grank and son of H'rath and Siv. Also means "first of a kind."
n. (Krakish) Ice.
n. (Krakish) Pieces of special ice the Glauxian Brothers inscribe things on.
n. (Krakish) Clear ice.
n. (Krakish) Blue ice, used to make goggles. It can also refer to the goggles themselves.
n. (Krakish) Deep ice.
n. (Jouzhen) A furrow in the air where hailstones can form, identical to the Hoolian term "hail cusp."
n. The language of the Middle Kingdom, which the blue owls speak. Most likely inspired by Chinese or Japanese.
n. (Jouzhen) The Middle Kingdom (the Sixth Kingdom) located across the Sea of Vastness.
adj. (Krakish) All over, broken, useless.
n. (Krakish/Jouzhen) Many faces, i.e. the Khyre of Glaux = the many faces of Glaux.
n. Minor swirls of wind that appear around peninsulas and points of land that create wind holes or vortexes
n. (Krakish) A pirate.
n. The ancient language of the Northern Kingdoms
n. (Krakish) A transport vacuum for wounded or prisoner owls (a windless chamber formed by four owls arranged in a diamond configuration).
n. Rabbits' higher being.
n. (Krakish) Autumn, literally means "light frost."
n. A code of honor between the hunter and the hunted, where the hunter locks eyes with prey in a form of respect.
n. The longest night of the year.
n. Wolves' higher being.
n. An owl or other animal with magic powers.
n. Good magic.
n. (wolf-speak) A deformed wolf pup taken away by an Obea and left to die. If it manages to survive and return, it becomes a gnaw wolf. Also means "cursed one."
n. A berry that grows on the Great Tree, which the Ga'Hoolian owls harvest and turn into different foods and drinks.
v. (Krakish) To understand.
v. To expose for long periods to the full shine of the moon, forcing owl's minds to become confused and incapable of making simple decisions; to destroy an owl's will and individual personality, making him or her perfectly obedient.
n. the worst insult a commander can give to a lower-ranking soldier, meaning both idiot and coward.
v. a process similar to moon blinking, in which an owl is exposed to an enormous amount of light from the moon, which not only has the brainwashing effects of moon blinking, but can also wipe memories.
n. A very soft metal that blocks magnetic fields, possibly the owl analogue of lead.
Nachsun, nynik, nuftan
exclamation (Krakish) Means "No, never, no way."
n. A spell cast by the hagsfiends, that freezes the seeds of the Ga' in a gizzard so as to eliminate the powers of this one, and consequently the personality of the owl on which it is launched.
n. (Krakish) Black magic, often referring to the magic used by hagsifends and vyrwolves.
n. A blind snake that does household chores of some owl families, such as ridding the nest of vermin.
v. (of the moon) To wax/appear to grow larger in the sky.
n. The festival held on the shortest night and longest day of the year.
n. (Jouzhen) A sea.
n. Flavorful nuts that grow on the Great Ga'Hoole Tree.
n. (Krakish) Summer, literally means "no snow."
Owl stone event
n. An event of great significance in the development of a young owl.
n. Owl dolls made from down, molted feathers, sticks, etc.
adj. (Jouzhen) Honored.
n. (Jouzhen) The sum of all of an owl's past actions. One can have either a good or a bad phonqua. It is similar to the concept of karma.
n. A unit of measurement roughly equal to the wingspan of a Whiskered Screech Owl.
n. A holiday celebrated by the Guardians during the time of the Copper-Rose Rain, similar to Halloween.
n. (Jouzhen) A kite.
exclamation Short for raccoon droppings one of the worst curse words an owl can say.
v. To ruffle one's feathers so as to accentuate the white spots (applies to Spotted Owls only).
n. A teacher/leader of a chaw.
n. (Krakish) A nest composed of packed snow and moss, typical of the Northern Kingdoms. Although these are made even with snow, are warm and cozy.
n. The disembodied spirit of a dead owl that has unfinished business on earth, a ghost.
n. A soul.
n. A high pressure air current.
v. To expose an owl to flecks under "certain conditions" that cause the owl to become massively disoriented and lose his or her sense of self. The gizzard becomes like a stone, and the owl loses the ability to sort out emotions, which can cause delusions.
n. In the Northern Kingdoms, the two days surrounding the longest night of the year, when the sun never rises any more than the tiniest bit above the horizon.
n. A colliering maneuver in which an owl darts in and out of the edges of the fire.
n. The Hoolian owls' term for spring (the time of the Silver Rain).
n. (Krakish) A singer and storyteller for one of the Northern clans.
n. (wolf-speak) An assassination squad.
n. A spy.
n. A nest-maid snake and member of the harp guild at the Great Tree who leaps from one octave to another while playing the great grass harp.
n. A natural steam vent in the earth.
n. Kielian snake word for a group of snakes between six and twelve.
n. (Krakish) Spring, literally means "soft ice."
v. and exclamation The worst curse word an owl can say.
n. Forbidden knowledge.
n. The ability to see the future, and sometimes the present, in dreams using the stars, like ESP.
adv. (Krakish) Originating from, hailing from.
adv. (Jouzhen) Originating from, hailing from, same as Krakish "stresschen."
n. (wolf-speak) A teacher.
n. To be chosen for a specific chaw.
n. A threat display.
adj. (Krakish) Drunk.
n. An owl traitor.
n. A wolf traitor.
n. A snake traitor.
n. Dusk/the time between the last drop of sun and the first shadows of the evening.
n. The evening meal/the food owls consume immediately after waking.
n. A female owl knowledgeable in the study and navigation of weather. (This word is never explicitly defined. This definition was inferred based on how the word is used in the books and how the -trix suffix in used in the English language.)
n. What nest-maid snakes and owls call the birds that do not yarp pellets.
n. The Hoolian owls' term for winter (the time of the White Rain).
v. When an owl becomes frightened and his or her feathers lie flat, making it appearing smaller.
n. A sudden violent wind.
n. (Jouzhen) The last shriek of a mighty wind as it breaks through a narrow gap in a rock formation.
adj. Describing two owls who are mates.
n. A handicap.
n. (Krakish) Witness stand
Ya ni ni
n. The feather of the H'ryth of the Middle Kingdom that sticks up from his head; it is said to help concentration and perception of zi fields.
v. To throw up/the act of yarping a pellet from the gizzard.
n. Owl diarrhea.
adj. A term used by owls to describe when, in a state of shock and/or fear, an owl loses its instinct to fly, its wings lock mid-flight, and it suddenly plummets to the ground or water, as in "going/gone yeep." Fire blinking often causes owls to go yeep, as well as Twilight's battle cries.
adj. The worst insult a commander can give to a lower-ranking soldier, meaning both idiot and coward.
adj. (Krakish) Yoicks.
adj. Crazy, loony, out of one's mind.
n. (Jouzhen) A field of energy surrounding every living being, similar to an aura.
n. (Jouzhen) Also called the River of Wind, the Zong Phong is the air current required to take to reach the Middle Kingdom.