ca·​toc·​a·​la | \kəˈtäkələ;ˌkatəˈkālə, -ˈkalə\

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 plural -s or less commonly catocalid \-​lə̇d \ : a moth of the genus Catocala : underwing sense 2

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History and Etymology for catocala

New Latin, from cato- + -cala (irregular from Greek kalos beautiful); from the red or yellow hind wings

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