laughing owl


: a reddish-brown owl (Sceloglaux albifacies) of New Zealand that is almost extinct

Word History


laughing from present participle of laugh entry 1

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laughing owl was in 1871

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“Laughing owl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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