saw–whet owl

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noun \ˈsȯ-ˌhwet-, -ˌwet-\

Definition of saw–whet owl

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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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