little owl

noun

: a small squat owl (Athene noctua) common in Europe and having a flattened head and face, dark brown upper parts spotted and barred with white, and whitish underparts streaked with dark brown

Word History

First Known Use

1539, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of little owl was in 1539

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“Little owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/little%20owl. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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