fore·​limb | \ ˈfȯr-ˌlim How to pronounce forelimb (audio) \

Definition of forelimb

: a limb (such as an arm, wing, fin, or leg) that is situated anteriorly the forelimb of a bat

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The fossil would turn out to include six neck vertebrae, part of the right shoulder blade, and most of the right forelimb. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "The Most Massive of Dinos Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thought," 9 July 2018 Or lizards hatched in the last year just have more resources, enabling them to grow longer forelimbs. Geoffrey Giller, Scientific American, "Island Lizards Shift to Evolutionary Fast-Track after Invasive Goats and Rats Are Eradicated," 30 Apr. 2018 So lizards with longer forelimbs might have survived better over the past year. Geoffrey Giller, Scientific American, "Island Lizards Shift to Evolutionary Fast-Track after Invasive Goats and Rats Are Eradicated," 30 Apr. 2018 This may have freed the creatures’ strong forelimbs—tipped with sharp claws—for defense, allowing them to swivel to and fro. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Ancient human-sloth hunt hinted at in 15,000-year-old footprints," 25 Apr. 2018 For example, Harcourt-Smith notes that bears, whose hind legs do not typically make claw impressions, were present in this region at the time, but the team compared the prints with only a bear’s forelimb. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Hominin Trackways in Greece? The Game Is Afoot," 29 Dec. 2017 The remains, which included parts of the skull, jaw, shoulder, and forelimb, were discovered during an expedition from Egypt’s Mansoura University in 2013. Eli Meixler, Time, "A New Dinosaur Discovery Could Shed Light on the Final Age of the Dinosaur in Africa," 30 Jan. 2018 The scientists recovered parts of its skull, lower jaw, neck and back vertebrae, ribs, shoulder and forelimb, back foot and osteoderms. NBC News, "New bus-sized dinosaur species discovered in Egyptian desert," 29 Jan. 2018 Its toes bore curving velociraptor-like claws, while its forelimbs were an odd hybrid of the usual raptor limbs and more penguin-like flippers. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Newly Discovered Swimming Dinosaur Is Delightfully Bizarre," 8 Dec. 2017

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circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

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fore·​limb | \ ˈfȯr-ˌlim How to pronounce forelimb (audio) \

Kids Definition of forelimb

: an arm, fin, wing, or leg that is located toward the front of the body


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Medical Definition of forelimb

: a limb (as an arm, fin, wing, or leg) that is situated anteriorly

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