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  • n. Plural form of underwing.


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  • The Central Park Mothers are especially fond of the moths known as "underwings," perhaps because their names are so suggestive: Inconsolable Underwing; Tearful Underwing; Dejected Underwing.

    Acquainted With the Night

  • New insects aren't uncommon, but an Arizona entomologist has discovered a new moth among a genus of normally dull moths that has pink underwings.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • As the lights moved from red to yellow to blue, the underbelly and underwings of the bird seemed to become even more white.

    The Empty Family

  • The underwings of the vanessids – the red admiral's family – possess a cryptic magnificence.

    Are butterflies the UK's most beautiful endangered species? | Dan Flenley

  • "The birds apparently carry the germs in their mucous membranes and in insects bred in the warmth of their underwings."

    11 Years of Science

  • A clouded border fluttered in, then another moth with pale underwings and forewings shaded in tawny contours, two copies of the same map.


  • The white breast and light underwings-especially on drakes-are a good clue when the birds are overhead or twisting and turning, and these help distinguish between greenwing al and the bluewing variety.

    Field Guide: Know Your Waterfowl

  • A white rump and breast signal a mallard drake flushing in low light, whereas the hens 'white underwings give them away.

    Field Guide: Know Your Waterfowl

  • So while the more sophisticated scions of the old houses could distinguish a Withiki from a Cherwtl without so much as checking the color differential of the underwings, Krazz still got his humanoids scrambled.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • It was like being inundated by a magenta-pink wave; breasts and underwings soared above her head, the grey turned magically to rich pink.

    The Thorn Birds


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