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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A moth of the family Sphingidae; a hawk moth.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Sphingidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many hawk moths of the family Sphingidae
  • adj. Of or pertaining to these moths.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a sphinx, or the family Sphingidæ.
  • n. A sphinx.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the lepidopterous family Sphingidæ.
  • Having the characters of or belonging to the family Sphingidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From New Latin Sphingidae, family name, from Sphinx, type genus, from Latin, sphinx; see sphinx.

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