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[suhb-kos-tuh, -kaw-stuh]
noun, plural sub·cos·tae [suhb-kos-tee, -kaw-stee] /sʌbˈkɒs ti, -ˈkɔ sti/.
  1. a longitudinal vein in the anterior portion of the wing of an insect.
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Origin of subcosta

From New Latin, dating back to 1860–65; see origin at sub-, costa
Related formssub·cos·tal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for subcosta

Historical Examples

  • Accessory subcostal vein: the vein given off from the subcosta and branching toward the apex of the wing in Perlidae.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Recurrent vein: in Hemerobiidae, the first branch of the subcosta when it recurves toward the base of the wing.

  • Setula: a small stiff bristle or seta: in Diptera, the small thorn at the end of the subcosta.