saw-whet owl

[ saw-hwet, -wet ]

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

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

Words Nearby saw-whet owl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use saw-whet owl in a sentence

  • The funny little saw-whet owl is one, and the snowflake, who loves to frolic in the snow, is another.

    The Children's Book of Birds | Olive Thorne Miller