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 Researchers imaged and recorded the development of each insect's hindwing and forewing using this process. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 30 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of forewing

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Forewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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