Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous, usually dull-colored night-flying moths of the family Noctuidae, having a well-developed proboscis for sucking nectar and larvae such as the cutworms and armyworms that are destructive to young trees and other crops. Also called owlet moth.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the family Noctuidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any moth of the family Noctuidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous moths of the family Noctuidæ, or Noctuælitæ, as the cutworm moths, and armyworm moths; -- so called because they fly at night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A noctuid moth; one of the Noctuidæ.
  • Pertaining to the Noctuidæ. Also noctuidous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests

Etymologies

From New Latin Noctuidae, family name, from Noctua, type genus, from Latin noctua, night owl; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Instead, it is a similar brownish "noctuid" caterpillar / moth that has never before been reported as a widespread pest in Liberia but annually plagues parts of nearby Benin (see map).

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  • Lithophane moths are members of the noctuid family, which often are dull colored.

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  • When I got back into bed and started to read again, a thick brown noctuid moth was at the helm.

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  • The evening primrose, with outstretched filaments, hangs a golden necklace about the welcome murmuring noctuid, while the various orchids excel in the ingenuity of their salutations.

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  • According to a report in Nature News, the study used radar to track the movement of more than 100,000 noctuid moths, hawkmoths and butterflies as they migrated to northern Europe in the spring and south to the Mediterranean in autumn every year between 2000 and 2007.

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  • The army worm is the caterpillar form of the noctuid or Owlet moth.

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  • We examined larval performance in response to leaf nutritional characteristics using gelechiid and pyralid leaf-tiers, and a noctuid leaf-cutter.

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  • He replied that while he couldn't confidently identify the species of insect that laid the eggs, they are probably those of a noctuid moth,

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