plural noun

: a large nearly cosmopolitan family of medium-sized stout-bodied dull-colored night-flying moths with usually naked larvae that include many destructive agricultural pests (as the cutworms and armyworms) see noctua , owlet moth compare bollworm, cotton leafworm, dagger moth, underwing

Word History


New Latin, from Noctua, type genus + -idae

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“Noctuidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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