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sphinx moth

noun
  1. hawk moth.
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Origin of sphinx moth

First recorded in 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • Here is one which presents a pair of tiny clubs to the sphinx-moth at its threshold, gluing them to its bulging eyes.

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    William Hamilton Gibson


British Dictionary definitions for sphinx moth

sphinx moth

noun
  1. US and Canadian another name for the hawk moth
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