noc·​tu·​id ˈnäk-chə-wəd How to pronounce noctuid (audio)
: 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

Examples of noctuid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, skipper larvae have latches on their anal plates and can raise their blood pressure to expel solid pellets, while some noctuid (moth family) species kick away pellets with their thoracic legs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noctuid was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Noctuid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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