plural noun
Sphin·​gi·​dae | \ -jəˌdē \

Definition of Sphingidae

: a family of typically large heavy-bodied strong-flying moths with narrow elongated wings that comprise the hawk moths

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History and Etymology for Sphingidae

New Latin, from Sphing-, Sphinx, type genus + -idae

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“Sphingidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sphingidae. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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