elf owl


: a very small insectivorous owl (Micrathene whitneyi) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico that roosts and nests in the cavities of trees and saguaro cacti

Examples of elf owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smallest Owl: Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) (Credit: RoSy76/Shutterstock) Holding the title of the world’s tiniest owl with its teeny talons is the elf owl. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elf owl was in 1887

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“Elf owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elf%20owl. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

elf owl

: a very small insect-eating owl that rests, sleeps, and nests in the holes of trees and saguaro cacti of desert areas of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico

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