any of a large family (Noctuidae) of mostly dull-colored moths that fly at night and are attracted to lights, including underwing moths and others with very destructive larvae, as cutworms or army worms
Origin of noctuidfrom Modern Latin Noctuidae from Classical Latin noctua, night owl from nox (gen. noctis), night
Any of numerous usually brown or gray night-flying moths of the family Noctuidae, many of which have larvae, such as the cutworms and armyworms, that are agricultural pests. Also called owlet moth .
Origin of noctuidFrom New Latin Noctuidae family name from Noctua type genus from Latin noctua night owl ; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.