Also called owlet moth. any of numerous dull-colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms.
belonging or pertaining to the family Noctuidae.
1875-80; < New LatinNoctuidae, equivalent to Noctu(a) a genus of European moths (Latinnoctua the little owl, probably noun use of feminine of *noctuus, equivalent to noct-, stem of noxnight + -uus adj. suffix) + -idae-id2