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little owl

a small, European owl, Athene noctua, often portrayed in art with the goddess Athena. Unabridged
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  • The soft hoot of a little owl came through the dusk, and between its calls the men's voices rose and fell.

    Summer Edith Wharton
  • I don't know that this was because he really disliked the little owl.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • He had big round eyes, so we called him Wee-wees, 'our little owl,' and we were very happy.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • A little owl flitted by and disappeared in one of the shadows.

  • Like the little owl, it affects the neighbourhood of man, though it may be found in ruins and similar localities.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • "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
  • We quickly understand why in the daytime the little owl is so anxious to hide his form from public view.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • The chief was still so nervous that a little owl above him disturbed him.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • 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
  • Through the gathering darkness came a sweet and dreamy croon, the love-song of the little owl.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
British Dictionary definitions for little owl

little owl

a small Old World owl, Athene noctua, having a speckled brown plumage and flattish head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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