hawk-moth

hawk moth

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


Origin:
1775–85

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hawk moth
 
n
See also death's-head moth sphinx moth, Also called: hummingbird 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

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