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noctuid

[nok-choo-id]
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noun
  1. Also called owlet moth. any of numerous dull-colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Noctuidae.
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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
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noctuid

noun
  1. any nocturnal moth of the family Noctuidae: includes the underwings and antler mothSee also cutworm, army worm
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Noctuidae
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Word Origin

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