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noun
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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hawk moth

noun
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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