Definition of oleander hawkmoth in US English:

oleander hawkmoth


  • A large migratory hawkmoth, Daphnis nerii, found widely in the Old World, with forewings that are patterned in shades of green and caterpillars that feed on oleander or periwinkle leaves; also "oleander hawk".


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Noel Humphreys (1807–1879), graphic artist and author.