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noctule

[nok-chool] /ˈnɒk tʃul/
noun
1.
a large reddish insectivorous bat, Nyctalus noctula, common to Europe and Asia.
Origin of noctule
1765-1775
1765-75; < French < Italian nottola a bat, owl ≪ Latin noctua night owl. See noctuid, -ule
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noctule

/ˈnɒktjuːl/
noun
1.
any of several large Old World insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, esp N. noctula: family Vespertilionidae
Word Origin
C18: probably from Late Latin noctula small owl, from Latin noctua night owl
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