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  1. a large reddish insectivorous bat, Nyctalus noctula, common to Europe and Asia.
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Origin of noctule

1765–75; < French < Italian nottola a bat, owl ≪ Latin noctua night owl. See noctuid, -ule
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Historical Examples of noctule

  • I could climb your chestnut if I cared to, noctule, and eat the colony.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties"

    Douglas English

  • The Serotine and the Noctule are our two largest Bats, and in the early records they were very much confused.

British Dictionary definitions for noctule


  1. any of several large Old World insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, esp N. noctula: family Vespertilionidae
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Word Origin for noctule

C18: probably from Late Latin noctula small owl, from Latin noctua night owl
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