achemon sphinx

noun
ach·​e·​mon sphinx | \ ˈa-kə-ˌmän-, ə-ˈkē-mən- \

Definition of achemon sphinx

: a large hawk moth (Pholus achemon) having a caterpillar that feeds on the grapevine and Virginia creeper

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First Known Use of achemon sphinx

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achemon sphinx

New Latin achemon (specific epithet of Pholus achemon), probably from Greek, neuter of achemōn, acheumōn, present participle of achein, acheuein to grieve, annoy, from achos pain, distress

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“Achemon sphinx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achemon%20sphinx. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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