death's-head hawk moth
noun Date: 1879 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • death's-head hawk moth — n. a large dark European hawk moth with a skull like marking on the thorax and a very large caterpillar. ● Acherontia atropos, family Sphingidae …   Useful english dictionary

  • death's-head moth — noun see death s head hawk moth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • death's-head moth — n. a large, dark colored European hawk moth (Acherontia atropos) with markings on its back that resemble a human skull …   English World dictionary

  • death's-head moth — noun European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull • Syn: ↑Acherontia atropos • Hypernyms: ↑hawkmoth, ↑hawk moth, ↑sphingid, ↑sphinx moth, ↑hummingbird moth • …   Useful english dictionary

  • death's-head moth — a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings on the back of the thorax that resemble a human skull. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • death's-head-moth — n. Hawk moth …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • hawk moth — any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their very swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers. Also called sphingid, sphinx moth, hummingbird moth. [1775 85] * * * or sphinx moth Any moth of the… …   Universalium

  • hawk moth — noun any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed • Syn: ↑hawkmoth, ↑sphingid, ↑sphinx moth, ↑hummingbird moth • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hawk-moth — n. Death s head moth …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Moth — For other uses, see Moth (disambiguation) and Moths (disambiguation). Moths Emperor Gum Moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

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