- any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their very swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers.
Origin of hawk moth
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for hawk moth
He had watched five blossoms when he heard the Hawk-Moth coming.
"I have yellow spots—ten of them," answered the Hawk-Moth sulkily.
Many of the Hawk-moth caterpillars have eye-like spots, to which I shall have to allude again presently.A Book of Natural History
There are several species of the hawk-moth which attack the grape but this is the common one.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
The Hawk-Moth said something about having to go and thinking that the primrose honey was not so good as usual.
- any of various moths of the family Sphingidae, having long narrow wings and powerful flight, with the ability to hover over flowers when feeding from the nectarAlso called: sphinx moth, hummingbird moth See also death's-head moth
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