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death's-head hawk moth

Syllabification: death's-head hawk moth

Definition of death's-head hawk moth in English:

noun

A large dark European hawk moth with a skull-like marking on the thorax and a very large caterpillar.
  • Acherontia atropos, family Sphingidae
Example sentences
  • The death's head hawkmoth is believed to have gained its place in folklore because the coloration pattern on the thorax bears an uncanny resemblance to a human skull.
  • I did not know then that it was a death's head hawkmoth and that it could emit a peculiar squeak when handled!

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