from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of a pair of anterior wings of a four-winged insect.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of fore wing.

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


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  • Who are the main forewing policy advisors to Obama?

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  • It opens them to reveal brown uppers with a patch of metallic purple on the forewing.

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  • There are eight varieties of ermine moth that live in the UK, with the bird-cherry, with five rows of black dots on the forewing being the most common, particularly in the north.

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  • If you see them well they have a lovely and almost sparkling purple sheen, especially to the middle of the forewing.

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  • Many moths are christened only in Latin, but the lovely vernacular names, Joe said, date from the seventeenth century: one species that flocked to our trap that night was the relatively common setaceous hebrew character, so named to denote the hieroglyphic on its forewing.


  • While waiting for the wings to stop fluttering so a suitable portrait could be taken of this female Eastern Swallowtail in dark form, or it could be a Black Swallowtail since that is the caterpillar we have seen around lately, it was noticed that the hind wing was stationary in spite of the moving forewing.

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  • Research is leaning toward this being the Black Swallowtail, for there is no tiger marking visible in the forewing.

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  • I mean, if we ever get a machine that small, we're never going to be able to tell the difference between it and the pills I pop on a daily basis to quell my headache, aide my sleep, lube my joints, and put the schwing back in my forewing.

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  • Adult moths have a black fringe on the tip of each forewing.

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  • Arculus: Odonata; a small cross vein between radius and cubitus near the base, leaving an elongate triangle between them: Trichoptera; a point, often hyaline, on the forewing where the cubitus (or post cubitus) runs into the margin: in Homoptera; a cross-veinlet nearly reaching posterior margin at same point as in Trichoptera: in other orders applied to a cross-vein in similar position, apparently giving rise to the median.

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