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hawk moth

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
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hawk moth
  • By the end of the presentation the hawk moth caterpillars had devoured the leafy spurge stems and leaves.
  • The plant's luminous flowers and powerful night fragrance attract its primary pollinator, a nocturnal hawk moth.
  • The adult of the tomato hornworm is the five-spotted hawk moth.
  • It attracts few insects except the hawk moth which comes at dusk to sip nectar with its long tongue.
  • The big green tomato, or tobacco worm, is the larva of a hawk moth.
British Dictionary definitions for hawk moth

hawk moth

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 nectar Also called sphinx moth, hummingbird moth See also death's-head moth
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