Saw-whet-owl meaning

sôwĕt, -hwĕt
Either of two small brown-and-white owls, Aegolius acadicus of North America or A. ridgwayi of Central America, having no ear tufts.
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A very small North American forest owl (Aegolius acadicus) with brown-and-white plumage.
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Origin of saw-whet-owl

  • From the resemblance of the owls' calls to the sound made in sharpening a saw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition