noctuid

noun noc·tu·id \ ˈnäk-chə-wəd , ˈnäk-tə- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of noctuid

:any of a large family (Noctuidae) of medium-sized often dull-colored moths with larvae (such as cutworms and armyworms) that are often destructive agricultural pests

noctuid

adjective

Origin and Etymology of noctuid

after New Latin Noctuidae, family name, derivative (with -idae -idae) of Noctua, genus name, going back to Latin noctua "the little owl (Athene noctua)," probably from feminine of *noctuus "of the night," derivative of noctū "at night," adverbial derivative of noct-, nox 1night


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