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hawk moth

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noun
  1. any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their very swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers.
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Origin of hawk moth

First recorded in 1775–85
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  • He had watched five blossoms when he heard the Hawk-Moth coming.

    Among the Night People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • "I have yellow spots—ten of them," answered the Hawk-Moth sulkily.

    Among the Night People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • Many of the Hawk-moth caterpillars have eye-like spots, to which I shall have to allude again presently.

  • There are several species of the hawk-moth which attack the grape but this is the common one.

  • The Hawk-Moth said something about having to go and thinking that the primrose honey was not so good as usual.

    Among the Night People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson


British Dictionary definitions for hawk moth

hawk moth

noun
  1. 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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