hawk moth

noun \ˈhȯk-ˌmȯth\
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Definition of hawk moth

  1. :  any of a family (Sphingidae) of large, stout-bodied, swift-flying moths that are sometimes active during the day and have long, narrow, more or less pointed forewings, small hind wings, and a very long proboscis which at rest is kept coiled and are typically capable of hovering while feeding on the nectar of flowers Many hawk moths lack scales on their wings and are usually called clearwings . Because of a hornlike extension on their hind end, larvae of the hawk moth are often referred to as hornworms and include pests destructive to crops and ornamental plants. —called also sphinx moth


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