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说一个人 owlish 究竟是什么意思?

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猫头鹰在西方文化之中是聪慧的象征,是雅典娜的使者,说一个人像猫头鹰,简单的说就是有智慧。浑身上下每一个毛孔都滴着历史与文化的网游《魔兽世界》之中,名字里带“夜枭”的物品都会加智力属性,就是因为这个。

此外日本文化里猫头鹰也是好鸟。

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这个问题也让我十分困扰。

Owlish —— 字面意义自然是像猫头鹰一样,但我印象中的猫头鹰始终不是一个正面的形象。我小时候我姥姥讲过得故事让我觉得猫头鹰是阴森邪恶的动物,叫声也让人毛骨悚然。

朗文给 owlish 的解释是:looking like an owl and seeming serious and clever。让我困扰的是为什么会有 clever 的涵义。

牛津有如下的解释::

owl bird of prey that flies at night and feeds on small animals, eg mice, and is traditionally regarded as a symbol of wisdom 鴞, 猫头鹰(传统上认为是聪明的象徵).

wise as an owl very wise 非常聪明

owlish adj of or like an owl; (trying to look) solemn and wise (似)猫头鹰的; (装得)严肃而聪明的:Her new glasses make her look rather owlish. 她戴着新眼镜看上去很文气. owlishly adv: owlishly earnest 严肃认真的.

看过字典之后我好像懂了一点,但是仍然有一千一万个困惑 —— 猫头鹰为什么聪明啊,为神马,为神马?猫头鹰是仅次于乌鸦的让人瘆得慌的鸟类啊!

看一下 Google 图片搜索的 owlish 一词的人脸搜索结果吧,或许对你有帮助
http://www.google.com/search?q=owlish&um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=lnt&tbs=itp:face

前几天我还读到了一个句子,里面的 Jiang 就是我们的那位:

A competent amateur flautist with large owlish glasses and trousers often hitched well above his navel, Mr Jiang’s …

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面孔严肃,表面聪慧的。

这种问题应该去查字典或者直接网络搜索吧,不该来这里问。

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柯林思的解释:

owlish

An owlish person looks rather like an owl, especially because they wear glasses, and seems to be very serious and clever.

● With his owlish face, it is easy to understand why he was called ‘The Professor’.

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