hawk moth

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or hawk moth  (hôk′môth′, -mŏth′)
Any of various thick-bodied moths of the family Sphingidae, having long narrow forewings, short hind wings, and a long proboscis, and characteristically sucking nectar from flowers while hovering. Also called sphingid, sphinx moth.

hawk moth



(Animals) 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 or hummingbird moth See also death's-head moth

hawk′ moth`

any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers. Also called sphingid , sphinx moth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hawk moth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feedhawk moth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
Manduca sexta - moth whose larvae are tobacco hornworms
Manduca quinquemaculata - moth whose larvae are tomato hornworms
Acherontia atropos, death's-head moth - European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull

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