saw-whet owl

noun
\ ˈsȯ-ˌ(h)wet- How to pronounce saw-whet owl (audio) \

Definition of saw-whet owl

: 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

First Known Use of saw-whet owl

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saw-whet owl

from the supposed resemblance of its cry to the sound made in filing a saw

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“Saw-whet owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saw-whet%20owl. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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