Definition of noctule in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnäkCHo͞ol/ /ˈnɑktʃul/


  • A large golden-brown bat native to Eurasia and North Africa with long, slender wings, rounded ears, and a short muzzle.

    Nyctalus noctula, family Vespertilionidae

    ‘In addition, the wings of the greater noctule - designed for speed - lack the maneuverability that would be required for hunting a bird in a confined nesting space.’
    • ‘All free-tailed bats and two noctules reluctant to feed by themselves had to be fed by hand.’
    • ‘In another European species, the noctule bat, no genetic evidence was found that could be interpreted as directional colonization and glacial-induced bottlenecks.’
    • ‘The noctule bat's wingspan can reach up to 19 inches, although, like all British varieties, it is totally harmless.’


Late 18th century from French, from Italian nottola ‘bat’, literally ‘small night creature’.