death's-head hawk moth

noun

Definition of death's-head hawk moth

: a large dark hawk moth (Acherontia atropos) especially of Mediterranean regions with markings resembling a human skull on the back of the thorax

called also death's-head moth

First Known Use of death's-head hawk moth

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Death's-head hawk moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%27s-head%20hawk%20moth. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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