saw-whet owl

[ saw-hwet, -wet ]
/ ˈsɔˌʰwɛt, -ˌwɛt /


a very small North American owl, Aegolius acadicus, having streaked, brown plumage and lacking ear tufts.

Words nearby saw-whet owl

Origin of saw-whet owl

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; allegedly so called because its cry was likened to the noise of a saw being whetted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019