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underwing

[uhn-der-wing] /ˈʌn dərˌwɪŋ/
noun
1.
one of the hind wings of an insect.
2.
any of several noctuid moths of the genus Catocala, characterized by red-, yellow-, or orange-banded hind wings.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; under- + wing
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Examples from the web for underwing
  • The flight feathers and underwing linings are golden yellow.
  • underwing coverts are variably streaked, as is the belly.
  • underwing moths have erratic zigzag lines on the wings and are larger.
  • Immature plumages are best separated by the underwing pattern and structural features.
  • Immature bald eagles show a whiteline on the underwing coverts.
British Dictionary definitions for underwing

underwing

/ˈʌndəˌwɪŋ/
noun
1.
the hind wing of an insect, esp when covered by the forewing
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