lechuza

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /leˈt͡ʃuθa/, [leˈt͡ʃu.θa]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /leˈt͡ʃusa/, [leˈt͡ʃu.sa]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

lechuza f (plural lechuzas)

  1. owl
  2. barn owl (any species of owl from the Tytonidae family)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodsky, Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach

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