noctuid


noc·tu·id

noun \ˈnäk-chə-wəd, ˈnäk-tə-\

Definition of NOCTUID

:  any of a large family (Noctuidae) of medium-sized often dull-colored moths with larvae (as cutworms and armyworms) that are often destructive agricultural pests
noctuid adjective

Origin of NOCTUID

New Latin Noctuidae, from Noctua, genus of moths, from Latin, the little owl (Athene noctua); akin to Latin nox night
First Known Use: 1894

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