saw-whet owl

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saw-whet owl

(sô′wĕt′, -hwĕt′)
Either of two small brown-and-white owls, Aegolius acadicus of North America or A. ridgwayi of Central America, having no ear tufts.

[From the resemblance of the owls' calls to the sound made in sharpening a saw .]
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saw′-whet` owl`

a small North American owl, Aegolius acadicus, with a persistently repeated, mechanical sounding note.
[1825–35, Amer.; from its cry being likened to a saw being whetted]
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