death's-head.' name='description'> acherontia - definition and meaning


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of nocturnal lepidopterous insects, of the family Sphingidæ. A. atropos is the death's-head moth, or death's-head hawk-moth. See death's-head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun death's-head moth.

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

  • noun death's-head moth


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  • In the regions where the hideous death's-head sphinx, the acherontia atropos, abounds, they construct little pillars of wax at the entrance of the hive, so restricting the dimension as to prevent the passage of the nocturnal marauder's enormous abdomen.

    The Life of the Bee Maurice Maeterlinck 1905


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