Any of a genus (Nyctalus) of bats; esp., a large brown species (N. noctula) of Europe and the British Isles.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Noctule
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")
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