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hawk moth

noun
1.
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
1775-1785
1775-85
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  • The hawk-moth said something about having to go and thinking that the primrose honey was not so good as usual.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • "I have yellow spots—ten of them," answered the hawk-moth sulkily.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • He had watched five blossoms when he heard the hawk-moth coming.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Many of the hawk-moth caterpillars have eye-like spots, to which I shall have to allude again presently.

  • The hawk-moth murmured that he didn't see any particular use in wearing green.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • There are several species of the hawk-moth which attack the grape but this is the common one.

British Dictionary definitions for hawk-moth

hawk moth

noun
1.
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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