Definition of noctule in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnäkCHo͞ol/


A large golden-brown bat native to Eurasia and North Africa with long slender wings, rounded ears, and a short muzzle.
  • Nyctalus noctula, family Vespertilionidae.
Example sentences
  • In addition, the wings of the greater noctule - designed for speed - lack the maneuverability that would be required for hunting a bird in a confined nesting space.
  • All free-tailed bats and two noctules reluctant to feed by themselves had to be fed by hand.
  • In another European species, the noctule bat, no genetic evidence was found that could be interpreted as directional colonization and glacial-induced bottlenecks.


Late 18th century: from French, from Italian nottola 'bat', literally 'small night creature'.

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Syllabification: noc·tule

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