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
Origin and Etymology of noctuid
New Latin Noctuidae, from Noctua, genus of moths, from Latin, the little owl (Athene noctua); akin to Latin nox night
First Known Use: 1873See Words from the same year
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