little owl

noun

Definition of little owl

: 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

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First Known Use of little owl

1539, in the meaning defined above

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“Little owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/little%20owl. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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