Saw-whet-owl Definition

sôwĕt, -hwĕt
A very small North American forest owl (Aegolius acadicus) with brown-and-white plumage.
Webster's New World

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

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