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/ ˈnɒk tʃu ɪd /


Also called owlet moth. any of numerous dull-colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms.


belonging or pertaining to the family Noctuidae.

Origin of noctuid

1875–80; < New Latin Noctuidae, equivalent to Noctu(a) a genus of European moths (Latin noctua the little owl, probably noun use of feminine of *noctuus, equivalent to noct-, stem of nox night + -uus adj. suffix) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for noctuid

/ (ˈnɒktjʊɪd) /


any nocturnal moth of the family Noctuidae: includes the underwings and antler mothSee also cutworm, army worm


of, relating to, or belonging to the Noctuidae

Word Origin for noctuid

C19: via New Latin from Latin noctua night owl, from nox night
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