noctuid
noun Etymology: New Latin Noctuidae, from Noctua, genus of moths, from Latin, the little owl (Athene noctua); akin to Latin nox night Date: 1894 any of a large family (Noctuidae) of medium-sized often dull-colored moths with larvae (as cutworms and armyworms) that are often destructive agricultural pests • noctuid adjective

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  • Noctuid — Noc tu*id, n. [From L. nox, noctis, night.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous moths of the family {Noctuid[ae]}, or {Noctu[ae]lit[ae]}, as the cutworm moths, and armyworm moths; so called because they fly at night. a. Of or pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • noctuid — [näk′to͞o id, näk′tyo͞oid] n. [< ModL Noctuidae < L noctua, night owl < nox (gen. noctis), NIGHT] any of a large family (Noctuidae) of mostly dull colored moths which fly at night and are attracted to lights, including underwing moths… …   English World dictionary

  • noctuid — noun usually dull colored medium sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests • Syn: ↑noctuid moth, ↑owlet moth • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑underwing, ↑antler moth …   Useful english dictionary

  • noctuid — /nok chooh id/, n. 1. Also called owlet moth. any of numerous dull colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the family Noctuidae. [1875 80; < NL Noctuidae,… …   Universalium

  • noctuid — noun Any moth of the family Noctuidae Syn: owlet moth …   Wiktionary

  • noctuid — [ nɒktjʊɪd] noun Entomology a moth of a large family (Noctuidae), whose members typically have pale or colourful hindwings. Origin C19: from mod. L. Noctuidae, based on L. noctua night owl …   English new terms dictionary

  • noctuid — noc·tu·id …   English syllables

  • noctuid — noc•tu•id [[t]ˈnɒk tʃu ɪd[/t]] n. ent any of numerous dull colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms • Etymology: 1875–80; < NL Noctuidae=Noctu(a) a genus of European moths (L noctua the… …   From formal English to slang

  • noctuid — /ˈnɒktʃuɪd/ (say nokchoohid) noun 1. any of the Noctuidae, a large family of dull coloured moths, the larvae of which include the highly destructive armyworms and cutworms. –adjective 2. belonging or relating to the Noctuidae. {New Latin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • noctuid —   n. night flying moth …   Dictionary of difficult words

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