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 for Hawk moth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sphinx \Sphinx\, n. [L., from Gr. sfi`gx, usually derived from
     sfi`ggein to bind tight or together, as if the Throttler.]
     1.
        (a) In Egyptian art, an image of granite or porphyry,
            having a human head, or the head of a ram or of a
            hawk, upon the wingless body of a lion.
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                  The awful ruins of the days of old . . .
                  Or jasper tomb, or mutilated sphinx. --Shelley.
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        (b) On Greek art and mythology, a she-monster, usually
            represented as having the winged body of a lion, and
            the face and breast of a young woman.
  
     Note: The most famous Grecian sphinx, that of Thebes in
           B[oe]otia, is said to have proposed a riddle to the
           Thebans, and killed those who were unable to guess it.
           The enigma was solved by [OE]dipus, whereupon the
           sphinx slew herself. "Subtle as sphinx." --Shak.
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     2. Hence: A person of enigmatical character and purposes,
        especially in politics and diplomacy.
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     3. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of large moths of the
        family Sphingidae; -- called also hawk moth. See also
        tomato worm.
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     Note: The larva is a stout naked caterpillar which, when at
           rest, often assumes a position suggesting the Egyptian
           sphinx, whence the name.
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     4. (Zool.) The Guinea, or sphinx, baboon ({Cynocephalus
        sphinx).
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     Sphinx baboon (Zool.), a large West African baboon
        ({Cynocephalus sphinx), often kept in menageries.
  
     Sphinx moth. (Zool.) Same as Sphinx, 3.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hawk \Hawk\ (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.] (Zool.)
     One of numerous species and genera of rapacious birds of the
     family Falconid[ae]. 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.
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     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); the
           sharp-shinned ({Accipiter fuscus). See Fishhawk,
           Goshawk, Marsh hawk, under Marsh, Night hawk,
           under Night.
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     Bee hawk (Zool.), the honey buzzard.
  
     Eagle hawk. See under Eagle.
  
     Hawk eagle (Zool.), an Asiatic bird of the genus
        Spiz[ae]tus, or Limn[ae]tus, intermediate between the
        hawks and eagles. There are several species.
  
     Hawk fly (Zool.), a voracious fly of the family
        Asilid[ae]. See Hornet fly, under Hornet.
  
     Hawk moth. (Zool.) See Hawk moth, in the Vocabulary.
  
     Hawk owl. (Zool.)
     (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).
  
     Hawk's bill (Horology), the pawl for the rack, in the
        striking mechanism of a clock.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hawk moth \Hawk" moth`\ (m[o^]th`; 115). (Zool.)
     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
          ({Macrosila Carolina), and its Larva, the Tobacco Worm.
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     Note: The larv[ae] of several species of hawk moths feed on
           grapevines. The elm-tree hawk moth is Ceratomia
           Amyntor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hawk moth
      n 1: any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of
           powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed [syn:
           hawkmoth, hawk moth, sphingid, sphinx moth,
           hummingbird moth]

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