Definition of privet hawkmoth in US English:

privet hawkmoth

noun

  • A large Palaearctic hawkmoth, Sphinx ligustri, which has black and pinkish bands on the hindwings and abdomen and whose larvae feed on privet and related plants.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Eleazar Albin (d. ?1742), naturalist and watercolour painter.