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.

    ‘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.’
    Also called owlet
    • ‘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’.