little owl

  1. a small, European owl, Athene noctua, often portrayed in art with the goddess Athena.

Origin of little owl

First recorded in 1550–60
  • Also owlet .

Words Nearby little owl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use little owl in a sentence

  • 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
  • In a tower of the old fort lived a pair of the Eastern little owl (Athene bactriana), which appeared to live principally on voles.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • Wherever Pezpeza goes, the little owl always comes and sits near-by upon some convenient mound.

  • To you and me she would have seemed the merest little brown sprout of a thing, almost nothing but two big eyes—like a little owl.

    Bonaventure | George Washington Cable
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for little owl

little owl

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

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