noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek sphing-, sphinx sphinx Date: circa 1909 hawk moth

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  • Sphingid — Sphin gid, a. Of or pertaining to a sphinx, or the family {Sphingid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sphingid — Sphin gid, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A sphinx. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sphingid — [sfin′jid] n. [< ModL Sphingidae < sphinx (gen. sphingis), type genus < L: see SPHINX & IDAE] HAWK MOTH …   English World dictionary

  • sphingid — 1. noun Any of many hawk moths of the family Sphingidae 2. adjective Of or pertaining to these moths. There was a crescent eaten out of a vine leaf by a sphingid larva …   Wiktionary

  • sphingid —   n. hawk moth.    ♦ sphingiform,    ♦ sphingine, a. like sphingid or sphinx …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • sphingid — /sfin jid/, n. See hawk moth. [1905 10; < NL Sphingidae family name, equiv. to sphing (s. of Sphinx type genus) + idae IDAE; see ID2] * * * …   Universalium

  • sphingid — sphin·gid …   English syllables

  • sphingid — sphin•gid [[t]ˈsfɪn dʒɪd[/t]] n. ent hawk moth • Etymology: 1905–10; < NL Sphingidae family name, der. of Sphing , s. of Sphinx a genus (L: sphinx) …   From formal English to slang

  • sphingid — n. any hawk moth of the family Sphingidae. Etymology: as SPHINX + ID(3) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sphingidae — For a complete species list of this family, see the Sphingidae species list. Taxobox name = Hawk moths image width = 200px image caption = Hummingbird hawk moth Macroglossum stellatarum regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo …   Wikipedia

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