moucho

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Galician[edit]

Moucho ("little owl")

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Debated; probably from an adjective meaning "blunted". Compare Portuguese mocho and Spanish mochuelo.

First attested in 1421.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

moucho m (plural mouchos)

  1. little owl (Athene noctua)
    • 1421, M. Lucas Álvarez & P. Lucas Domínguez (eds.), El monasterio de San Clodio do Ribeiro en la Edad Media: estudio y documentos. Sada / A Coruña: Edicións do Castro, page 623:
      et outra leira jaz tras las casas da Quintãã, como vay topar aas pedras dos mouchos
      another field is behind the houses of Quintá, as it reaches the little owl stones
    Synonym: paxaro da morte
  2. stool
    Synonyms: banqueta, tallo

Adjective[edit]

moucho m (feminine singular moucha, masculine plural mouchos, feminine plural mouchas)

  1. crestless, blunted, polled
    Synonym: mouco
  2. (figuratively) sad; melancholic
    Synonym: triste

References[edit]

  • moucho” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • moucho” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • moucho” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • moucho” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.