Meaning of noctuid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɒktjʊɪd/


  • A moth of a large family (Noctuidae ) whose members typically have dull forewings and pale or colourful hindwings.

    Also called owlet

    ‘There aren't very large numbers of macro moths certainly nowhere near the diversity we see in New England, a few noctuids, some small pyralids, and a handful of geometrids.’
    • ‘Further, extending our study, we also tested the conservation of a selected number of loci in different lepidopteran insects, including B. mandarina, the nearest wild relative to silkworm, a group of saturniids, and a noctuid.’
    • ‘Induction deterred herbivory by noctuids and aphids, and increased the probability of plant survival.’


Late 19th century from modern Latin Noctuidae (plural), based on Latin noctua ‘night owl’.