Noctuid definition

nŏkcho͝o-ĭd
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.
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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.
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Any moth of the family Noctuidae.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
noctuid
Plural:
noctuids

Origin of noctuid

  • From New Latin Noctuidae family name from Noctua type genus from Latin noctua night owl nekw-t- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition