noctuid

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noctuid. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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