n. & inter1.Words imitative of the notes of the owl.
Thy tu-whits are lulled, I wot,
Thy tu-whoos of yesternight.
- Tennyson.
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It is no honest and blunt tu-whit tu-who of the poets, but, without jesting, a most solemn graveyard ditty, the mutual consolations of suicide lovers remembering the pangs and the delights of supernal love in the infernal groves.
As dusk descends, you can hear the tu-whit tu-whoo of tawny owls in the trees and, by contrast, each morning the robin's song establishing his territory couldn't be more forthright.
The sweet birdsong and the rasping of the winter's wind were heard in Under the Greenwood Tree; the brittleness of winter, in Blow, blow thou winter Wind; and the tu-whit, tu-whooing of a staring bird, perfectly matched by voice and flute, in The Owl.
Tu-whit tu-whoo: A written representation of the sound made by an owl.