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A plural of sphinx.
References in classic literature ?
Van Helsing nodded to him as he whispered to me unconsciously, "The Acherontia Atropos of the Sphinges, what you call the `Death's-head Moth'?
A synonymic catalogue of Lepidoptera-Heterocera, volume 1, Sphinges and Bombyces.
15) "Este genero de pintura se haze con unos compartimentos, listones y follajes, figuras de medio sierpes, medio hombres, syrenas, sphinges, minotauros" (661).