forewing

noun
fore·​wing | \ ˈfȯr-ˌwiŋ How to pronounce forewing (audio) \

Definition of forewing

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The species derives its name from females’ large, leathery forewings veins, which closely resemble the veins of leaves, affording them superb camouflage abilities. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 Known to entomologists as , the red admiral is mostly black, with white spots near the wing tips, orange bands on the hind wings, and a bright red band on the forewing. Dan Southerland, Washington Post, "For more than a decade, butterflies have repeatedly landed on me. I think I’m blessed by the red admiral.," 24 Mar. 2020 In a study published last September in Current Biology, scientists report the discovery on males' forewings of three patches that change darkness and size when viewed from particular angles. Harini Barath, Scientific American, "Nocturnal Moth Species Has a Flashy Secret," 23 Dec. 2019 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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“Forewing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forewing. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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