Any of various large insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, found in Eurasia and North Africa and typically dwelling in the hollows of trees or in buildings.
[French, from Italian nottola, bat, owl, from Late Latin noctula, from Latin, diminutive of noctua, night owl; see nekw-t- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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