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[fawr-wing, fohr-]
  1. either of the anterior and usually smaller pair of wings of an insect having four wings.
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Origin of forewing

First recorded in 1885–90; fore- + wing
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Examples from the Web for forewing

Historical Examples

  • Two or more of the radial nervures in the forewing arise from a common stalk or are suppressed.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 4


  • A form was bred by Deschange from Zatima in which even the field in the forewing is obliterated.

    Problems of Genetics

    William Bateson

British Dictionary definitions for forewing


  1. either wing of the anterior pair of an insect's two pairs of wings
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