catocala

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

Definition of catocala

  1. 1 capitalized :  a widely distributed genus of large moths (family Noctuidae) having the forewings dull and the hind wings larger and brightly colored

  2. 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 — more at calli-


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