Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small or young owl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young owl; owling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small owl; especially, the European species (Athene noctua), and the California flammulated owlet (Megascops flammeolus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An owl; a howlet.
  • n. A young owl; a little owl.
  • n. Same as owlet-moth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. young owl

Etymologies

Diminutive of owl. Compare howlet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The long-whiskered owlet, one of the world's small ...

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  • It builds by means of a series of impressions, from some initial scene-setting ( "winter stark"/"level dark") to "the mystery/Of the blasted tree" and then, after the de rigueur owl (well, owlet), a horrid materialisation, finally and dramatically evoked as "the white sight".

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  • Other distinctive bird species include the endemic New Caledonia imperial-pigeon (Ducula goliath), which is the world's largest arboreal pigeon, the endemic cloven-feathered dove (Drepanoptila holosericea), the New Caledonian owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi, CR) known from only a few specimens, and most recently from an individual seen in 1998 in the Ni Riviere Valley.

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  • The kagu is the national bird of New Caledonia and is listed by IUCN as endangered (EN), along with the Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), New Caledonian lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema), and New Caledonian owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi).

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  • The sound to which she alluded was the same imitation of the cry of an owlet, which the lady had before heard under the walls of the convent.

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  • As we walk back to the owlet, I notice a hydrolic platform lift parked between the building the owl is by, and the one he's supposed to be on.

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  • I scoop up the owlet, pressing first down on its back until I can grab those vicious talons, and then tuck the flailing wings in.

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  • The owlet lands on its feet on the gravel roof, turning immediately to spread its wings to look huge and fierce.

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  • And glides effortlessly up to land beside the skreaking owlet.

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  • Mr. Wrenn blinked like a noon-roused owlet in the brilliance.

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  • Awww. The word alone makes me want to pet it and feed it cheese. Unfortunately, said owlet would appreciate neither the petting, nor the cheese.

    July 3, 2007