death's-head moth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n death's-head moth European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Death's-head moth (Zoöl) a very large European moth (Acherontia atropos), so called from a figure resembling a human skull on the back of the thorax; -- called also death's-head sphinx.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Death's-head moth a species of hawk-moth, having pale markings on the back of the thorax somewhat like a skull
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.

Usage

In literature:

Remark the death's-head moths fluttering among the flowers.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Death's Head Moth.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
We bent over it together, Lys clinging to me, and we saw that it was a death's-head moth drenched with rain.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
There is a certain large moth, called the Death's-head moth, which is very fond of honey.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Perhaps they are a variety of the death's head moth.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
The most inveterate robber of bees is the nocturnal Death's Head Moth.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
THE DEATH'S-HEAD HAWK MOTH 205 98.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
The melancholy hum of the death's-head moth in the corner of the picture-frame sounded like the murmur of a lost soul.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
It is comparable with the skull and crossbones on the back of the death's-head moth.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
And you won't do that by dressing yourself like a dingy death's-head moth!
"Chippinge Borough" by Stanley J. Weyman
They were the larvae of the death's-head moth, the largest of all our British moths.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
In the latter year there were no death's-head moths, nor were any seen during the following.
"Animal Intelligence" by George J. Romanes
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