Found 2 items, similar to Hawk moth.
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Definition: hawk moth
n : any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of
powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed [syn: hawkmoth
, sphinx moth
, hummingbird moth
English → English
Definition: Hawk moth
(h[add]k), n. [OE. hauk (prob. fr. Icel.), havek,
AS. hafoc, heafoc; akin to D. havik, OHG. habuh, G. habicht,
Icel. haukr, Sw. h["o]k, Dan. h["o]g, prob. from the root of
E. heave.] (Zo["o]l.)
One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the
. They differ from the true falcons in
lacking the prominent tooth and notch of the bill, and in
having shorter and less pointed wings. Many are of large size
and grade into the eagles. Some, as the goshawk, were
formerly trained like falcons. In a more general sense the
word is not infrequently applied, also, to true falcons, as
the sparrow hawk, pigeon hawk, duck hawk, and prairie hawk.
Note: Among the common American species are the red-tailed
hawk (Buteo borealis
); the red-shouldered (Buteo lineatus
); the broad-winged (Buteo Pennsylvanicus
the rough-legged (Archibuteo lagopus
sharp-shinned (Accipiter fuscus
). See Fishhawk
, Marsh hawk
, under Marsh
, Night hawk
(Zo["o]l.), the honey buzzard.
. See under Eagle
(Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic bird of the genus
, or Limn[ae]tus
, intermediate between the
hawks and eagles. There are several species.
(Zo["o]l.), a voracious fly of the family
. See Hornet fly
, under Hornet
. (Zo["o]l.) See Hawk moth
, in the Vocabulary.
(a) A northern owl (Surnia ulula
) of Europe and America. It
flies by day, and in some respects resembles the hawks.
(b) An owl of India (Ninox scutellatus
(Horology), the pawl for the rack, in the
striking mechanism of a clock.
Hawk moth \Hawk" moth`\
(m[o^]th`; 115). (Zo["o]l.)
Any moth of the family Sphingid[ae]
, of which there are
numerous genera and species. They are large, handsome moths
with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and
hovering over flowers to feed. They fly mostly at twilight
and hover about flowers like a humming bird, sucking the
honey by means of a long, slender proboscis. The larv[ae] are
large, hairless caterpillars ornamented with green and other
bright colors, and often with a caudal spine. See Sphinx
also Tobacco worm
, and Tomato worm
Syn: hawk moth, sphingid, sphinx moth, hummingbird moth.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] Tobacco Hawk Moth
), and its Larva, the Tobacco Worm.
Note: The larv[ae] of several species of hawk moths feed on
grapevines. The elm-tree hawk moth is Ceratomia Amyntor