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death's-head moth

noun
1.
a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings on the back of the thorax that resemble a human skull.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85
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death's-head moth

noun
1.
a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings resembling a human skull on its upper thorax
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