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little owl

noun
1.
a small, European owl, Athene noctua, often portrayed in art with the goddess Athena.
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  • I don't know that this was because he really disliked the little owl.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • A little owl flitted by and disappeared in one of the shadows.

  • "I have our tickets," said Mr. Duval, as the pair entered the station; Jeanne blinking at the lights like a little owl.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • Wherever Pezpeza goes, the little owl always comes and sits near-by upon some convenient mound.

  • "Why, I've just gone to bed; it can't be morning yet;" and Demi blinked like a little owl as he waked from his first sound sleep.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • Under the back porch was a cage with a little owl in it, and the woman said it belonged to her boy.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • Puss, Jr., and the little owl waited no longer, but followed the three Welshmen at once.

  • "Wrong again," tooted a little owl who was perched upon a tree close by.

  • "Neither do I," cried the little owl, preening his feathers and stretching out his tail.

  • A little owl is generally all grit, and these were the grittiest, bramble-footed propositions I ever expect to handle.

British Dictionary definitions for little owl

little owl

noun
1.
a small Old World owl, Athene noctua, having a speckled brown plumage and flattish head
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