noctule

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈnɒktjuːl/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(nokcho̅o̅l)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
noc•tule  (nokcho̅o̅l),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mammalsa large reddish insectivorous bat, Nyctalus noctula, common to Europe and Asia.
  • Italian nottola a bat, owl Latin noctua night owl. See noctuid, -ule
  • French
  • 1765–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
noctule /ˈnɒktjuːl/ n
  1. any of several large Old World insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, esp N. noctula: family Vespertilionidae
Etymology: 18th Century: probably from Late Latin noctula small owl, from Latin noctua night owl
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