The Latin word was noctua (“owl”, literally “night bird”), which would have created Old Spanish *notua or *nochuza. Lechuza apparently resulted from a cross between Old Spanish *nochuza and leche (“milk”), due to the popular belief at the time that owls came at night to give babies milk.
- IPA(key): (Spain) /leˈt͡ʃuθa/, [leˈt͡ʃu.θa]
- IPA(key): (Latin America) /leˈt͡ʃusa/, [leˈt͡ʃu.sa]
Audio (Spain) (file)
lechuza f (plural lechuzas)
- ^ Brodsky, Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach