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Any of numerous usually brown or gray night-flying moths of the family Noctuidae, many of which have larvae, such as the cutworms and armyworms, that are agricultural pests. Also called owlet moth.
[From New Latin Noctuidae, family name, from Noctua, type genus, from Latin noctua, night owl; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Noctuidae
[C19: via New Latin from Latin noctua night owl, from nox night]
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noc•tu•id(ˈnɒk tʃu ɪd)
any of numerous dull-colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms.
[1875–80; < New Latin Noctuidae=Noctu(a) a genus of European moths (Latin noctua the little owl, probably n. use of feminine of *noctuus=noct-, s. of nox night + -uus adj. suffix) + -idae -id2]
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|Noun||1.||noctuid - usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests|
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
underwing - moth having dull forewings and brightly colored hind wings
antler moth, Cerapteryx graminis - European moth with white antler-like markings on the forewings; the larvae damage pastures and grasslands
Spodoptera exigua - moth whose larvae are beet armyworms
Spodoptera frugiperda - moth whose larvae are fall armyworms
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