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saw-whet owl

[saw-hwet, -wet] /ˈsɔˌʰwɛt, -ˌwɛt/
noun
1.
a very small North American owl, Aegolius acadicus, having streaked, brown plumage and lacking ear tufts.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; allegedly so called because its cry was likened to the noise of a saw being whetted
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