Origin of noctule

1765–75; < French < Italian nottola a bat, owl ≪ Latin noctua night owl. See noctuid, -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for noctule

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