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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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