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[fawr-wing, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌwɪŋ, ˈfoʊr-/
either of the anterior and usually smaller pair of wings of an insect having four wings.
1885-90; fore- + wing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for forewing
  • forewing is mottled pink and purple-brown with a white comma-shaped stigma.
  • forewing is a pale green-white with two white lines.
  • forewing is pale gray with dark gray bands and white veins.
  • The fold along the leading edge of the forewing of a butterfly.
  • Adults have dark smokey-gray wings with a triangular light spot on each forewing.
  • Each forewing has a noticeable whitish spot near the extreme tip.
  • forewing has a large chestnut red patch both above and below.
  • Each forewing has an angular, often darker, band set off by two narrow dark lines.
  • Each forewing is marked near its center with a pair of silver markings.
British Dictionary definitions for forewing


either wing of the anterior pair of an insect's two pairs of wings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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