from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having light and active wings; volatile; fleeting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having light or fleet wings.


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  • Establish (on #1) that the of rate dark to light caterpillars hatched from the entire breeding population has changed significantly from the time that light-winged PMs predominated.

    Darwin's Defenders Go Neo-Lamarckian

  • Be able to 'read' the genome, and identify the specific difference between light-winged PMs and dark-winged PMs in specific genes for coloration.

    Darwin's Defenders Go Neo-Lamarckian

  • Peppered moths come in two varieties in the very same habitat – light-winged and dark-winged.

    Darwin's Defenders Go Neo-Lamarckian

  • He dismissed her other suitors as “light-winged birds.”

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • But we shall see how certain impressions, fugitive and fortuitous, carry us back even more effectively to the past, with a more delicate precision, with a flight more light-winged, more immaterial, more headlong, more unerring, more immortal than these organic dislocations.

    The Guermantes Way

  • Then will he hear in the skies a noise as of half-suppressed laughter, and sometimes, though more rarely, he will behold the light-winged aërial forms of the merry laughers, as they thread the mazes of their dance among the clustering stars.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • At Samos one day, while his ship was lading, Perseus lay down under the shade of a great tree, and soon his eyelids grew heavy with sleep, and there came to him, like butterflies that flit over the flowers in a sunlit garden, pleasant, light-winged dreams.

    A Book of Myths

  • Presently, a light-winged seed swept by her; she reached out her pretty hand and caught it.

    Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851

  • We hear the song of the cricket on the hearth, and the joyous hum of the bees among the poppies; we hear the light-winged lark gladden the morning with her song, and the silver-throated thrush warble in the tree-top.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

  • We were a lumbering waggon chasing a light-winged wheel; and the wheel was winner!

    With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back

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