noctuid

noun
noc·​tu·​id | \ ˈnäk-chə-wəd How to pronounce noctuid (audio) , ˈnäk-tə- \

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

Other Words from noctuid

noctuid adjective

First Known Use of noctuid

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 night entry 1

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“Noctuid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noctuid. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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