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noctuid

noun noc·tu·id \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
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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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