from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, one of the anterior wings of an insect: often used for the tegmina of Orthoptera, the hemielytra of Hemiptera, and even for the elytra of Coleoptera, all of these being modified anterior wings.

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  • n. either of the anterior pair of wings on an insect that has four wings


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  • The outside figure of each pair here given, shows the exact size and form of the fore-wing in a butterfly of Celebes, while the inner one represents the most closely allied species from one of the adjacent islands.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • With reference to the reason of this growth it is of importance to note that experiments, consisting in the application of artificial heat to the chrysales of the swallow-tail and sailor-butterfly, demonstrated that by this means "the fore-wing is drawn out more toward the outer wing-vein, and the rim of the fore-wing becomes more elongated and curved."

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism A Series of Papers

  • The leaf-like form results from an acumination and elongation of the wings, which in turn results from a marked elongation of the rim of the fore-wing.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism A Series of Papers

  • Humeral suture: in Odonata, runs from just in front the base of the fore-wing to the edge of the median coxa, separating the mesepisternum from the mesepimeron.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Many are marked with changeable metallic hues on the upper side of the fore-wing: some violet, some with green, and some with golden bronze.

    The Heart of Nature or, The Quest for Natural Beauty

  • But when flying about its upper side, which is a deep violet-blue with a conspicuous yellowish bar across the fore-wing, is exposed, and the butterfly is then most beautiful.

    The Heart of Nature or, The Quest for Natural Beauty

  • A stiff bunch of bristles serves the same purpose in most females, while some have a lobe extending from the fore-wing.

    Moths of the Limberlost

  • It may have shaded through the fore-wing from beneath, and over the back wing from above.

    Moths of the Limberlost

  • A clay - coloured band bordered the edge, touched with irregular splashes of dark brown, a little below them a slightly heavier line than that on the fore-wing, which seemed to follow the outline of the decorations.

    Moths of the Limberlost

  • If I try to force a fore-wing with my fingers to secure a wider sweep, so that the markings of the back wings show, the moths resent it by closing them closer than before, climbing to a different location or often taking flight.

    Moths of the Limberlost


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