A stylized representation of the cry of the tawny owl.
- The call of the Tawny Owl is the tu-whit tu-whoo immortalised by William Shakespeare.
- Famously, the call tu-whit tu-whoo was immortalised by William Shakespeare in Act 5, Scene 2 of Love's Labour's Lost.
- In English we have the word ‘owl’ and most of us know that an owl is one of those birds that flies about at night going tu-whit tu-whoo.
Late 16th century: imitative.
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