hind wing


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

Examples of hind wing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hind wings are red, with black spots at the front and black bars at the rear. Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2023 Its hind wing boasts yellow tufts called the androconia. 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 The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. Beth Burger, Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati.com, 24 Jan. 2020 The small postman loses the vivid red streaks on its hind wings. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 18 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hind wing was in 1899

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“Hind wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hind%20wing. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

hind wing

: either of the back wings of a four-winged insect located behind the forewings
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