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sphin·gid

 (sfĭn′jĭd)
n.

[From New Latin Sphingidae, family name, from Sphinx, type genus, from Latin, sphinx; see sphinx.]

sphin′gid adj.
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sphingid

(ˈsfɪndʒɪd)
n
(Animals) a hawk moth
adj
(Animals) relating to or resembling a hawk moth
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hawk′ moth`


n.
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.
[1775–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sphingid - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feedsphingid - 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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The pollination syndromes encountered in the plant community included: melittophily (65.2%), phalenophily (13%, including here flowers pollinated by sphingids and nocturnal moths), chiropterophily (11%), ornithophily (6.5%), as well as cantharophily and psychophily (4.3% each).