hind wing

  1. the second, posterior, or metathoracic wing of an insect.

Origin of hind wing

First recorded in 1930–35

Words Nearby hind wing

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How to use hind wing in a sentence

  • Occasionally both forms of hind wing aberration occur in the same specimen.

  • In the corresponding row on the hind wing the first and third spots are sometimes wanting.

  • There is also another form in the two species in which the hind wing is almost white instead of the usual brown shade.

    Mimicry in Butterflies | Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Spread the wings of the adult and make a careful drawing of one front and one hind wing showing accurately the wing veins.

  • Near the middle of the hind wing is a dark spot like a thickening of one rib.

    Woodland Tales | Ernest Seton-Thompson