FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Eventually imitative. Possibly from or influenced by a descendant of Proto-Germanic *hūwô and/or *uwwilǭ. Compare Old High German hūwo, ūvo, (h)ūwila and, as a borrowing into Romance, Catalan òbila, òliba. If so, related with English owl. Compare also Latin būbo.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hibou m (plural hiboux)

  1. owl (specifically, those species of owls with ear tufts; those without ear tufts are chouettes)

Usage notesEdit

Only seven words in French ending in -ou have their plurals in -oux instead of -ous: bijou, caillou, chou, genou, hibou, joujou, pou.

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Louisiana Creole FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French hibou (owl).

NounEdit

hibou

  1. owl

ReferencesEdit

  • Alcée Fortier, Louisiana Folktales