saw-whet owl


saw–whet owl

noun \ˈs-ˌhwet-, -ˌwet-\

Definition of SAW-WHET OWL

:  a very small harsh-voiced North American owl (Aegolius acadicus) that is largely dark brown above and chestnut streaked with white beneath —called also saw-whet

Origin of SAW-WHET OWL

from the supposed resemblance of its cry to the sound made in filing a saw
First Known Use: 1834

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