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
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)