wing case


Examples of wing case in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This fly is a riot of strike triggers—the twin, pointy tails; the tapered, finely segmented, softly shiny abdomen; the fuzzy iridescent peacock herl thorax; the prominent hard wing case; the banded, wavy hackle fibers, and the bead itself. Field & Stream, 13 Oct. 2020 This oddball strategy seems to work for the jewel beetle (Sternocera aequisignata), a super-sparkly insect famous for the dazzling, emerald-toned wing case that adorns its exterior. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Jan. 2020 Birds were up to three times less likely to find worms in the iridescent wing cases than in the noniridescent ones, the team reports today in Current Biology. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 23 Jan. 2020 To find out, researchers filled nearly 900 jewel beetle wing cases, some naturally iridescent (above) and some painted with plain colors, with worms. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 23 Jan. 2020 Humans had trouble too: People in the park were up to six times less likely to find the iridescent wing cases than the plain ones—and the glossier the leaves, the harder the task. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 23 Jan. 2020 So too are the birds-head earrings and the gown embroidered with iridescent beetle-wing cases. Susan Delson, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2018 In one coprolite the researchers found the remains of three beetle species, including two wing cases and a part of a leg. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 9 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wing case was in 1661

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“Wing case.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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