One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A moth of a large family ("Noctuidae") whose members typically have dull forewings and pale or colorful hind wings.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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Noctuidae (plural), based on Latin noctua ‘night owl’.
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