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underwing

[uhn-der-wing]
noun
  1. one of the hind wings of an insect.
  2. any of several noctuid moths of the genus Catocala, characterized by red-, yellow-, or orange-banded hind wings.
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Origin of underwing

First recorded in 1525–35; under- + wing
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Examples from the Web for underwing

Historical Examples

  • The first thing I ever got from her was a lovely look, the first time ever I set eyes on her she came with an underwing moth.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man

    Marie Conway Oemler

  • Underwing, un′dėr-wing, n. a moth with conspicuous underwings, esp.


British Dictionary definitions for underwing

underwing

noun
  1. the hind wing of an insect, esp when covered by the forewing
  2. See red underwing, yellow underwing
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