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.
Any of a genus (Nyctalus) of bats; esp., a large brown species (N. noctula) of Europe and the British Isles.
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")