Noctule meaning

nŏkcho͝ol
Any of various large insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, found in Eurasia and North Africa and typically dwelling in the hollows of trees or in buildings.
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Any of a genus (Nyctalus) of bats; esp., a large brown species (N. noctula) of Europe and the British Isles.
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A bat, of the genus Nyctalus, that lives in tree hollows.
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Origin of noctule

  • French from Italian nottola bat, owl from Late Latin noctula from Latin diminutive of noctua night owl nekw-t- in Indo-European roots

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

  • New Latin, from noctua (“owl") + -ulus (“diminutive")

    From Wiktionary