from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of sphinx-moths, of the family Sphingidæ, having the antennæ serrate. S. ocellatus is the eyed sphinx; S. populi, the poplar-sphinx; and S. tiliæ, the lime-sphinx or hawk-moth.
  • n. A moth of this genus: as, the lime-smerin-thus, whose larva feeds on the lime-tree or linden.


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