Definition of catocala
1 capitalized : a widely distributed genus of large moths (family Noctuidae) having the forewings dull and the hind wings larger and brightly colored
2 less commonly catocalid \-lə̇d\ plural -s : a moth of the genus Catocala : underwing 2
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Origin and Etymology of catocala
New Latin, from cato- + -cala (irregular from Greek kalos beautiful); from the red or yellow hind wings
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