hind wing

noun

Definition of hind wing

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

Examples of hind wing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its hind wing boasts yellow tufts called the androconia. 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 The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. Beth Burger, Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati.com, "This destructive insect is getting close to the Ohio border; what to know," 24 Jan. 2020 The small postman loses the vivid red streaks on its hind wings. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hind wing

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Hind wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hind%20wing. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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