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[kleer-wing] /ˈklɪərˌwɪŋ/
a moth having wings mostly devoid of scales and transparent, especially any of the family Aegeriidae, many species of which are injurious to plants.
Origin of clearwing
1865-70; clear + wing Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clearwing
  • The larva of this clearwing moth bores under the edges of the bark of flowering dogwood, particularly around wounds.
  • The larva of this clearwing moth is a borer in maple trees, especially around wounds.
  • clearwing species collected in bucket traps will be identified.
British Dictionary definitions for clearwing


any moth of the family Sesiidae (or Aegeriidae), characterized by the absence of scales from the greater part of the wings. They are day-flying and some, such as the hornet clearwing (Sesia apiformis), resemble wasps and other hymenopterans
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