forewing

noun
fore·wing | \ˈfȯr-ˌwiŋ \

Definition of forewing 

: either of the anterior wings of a 4-winged insect

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Suits described the greedy adult Japanese beetles, which emerge in the beginning of summer, as having tannish red, hardened forewings, green coloring on the shoulder area and white tufts along the edge of the abdomen. Kym Pokorny | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Japanese beetle infestation prompts eradication effort around Portland," 11 May 2017 The vulture raised its forewing only slightly, and in an instant the wind ripped through the bird’s long primary feathers and whisked it, teetering, into the maelstrom. Dave Taft, New York Times, "The Turkey Vulture Is So Clever, and Stinky," 30 Mar. 2017

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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