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fore·wing

 (fôr′wĭng′)
n.
Either of a pair of anterior wings of a four-winged insect.

forewing

(ˈfɔːˌwɪŋ)
n
(Zoology) either wing of the anterior pair of an insect's two pairs of wings

fore•wing

(ˈfɔrˌwɪŋ, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
either of the front smaller pair of wings of an insect having four wings.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.forewing - either of the anterior pair of wings on an insect that has four wings
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
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forewing

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The majority of species have pure white uppersides, with prominent orange, yellow, or crimson tips of the forewings.
Now the moth, which is just 5mm long, with shiny, bright brown forewings and thin, silvery white stripes is becoming far more noticeable in Wales.
Unlike butterflies, whose four wings move synchronously up and down together, dragonflies operate their forewings and hind wings in opposite directions, producing turbulent vortices that counter-intuitively enable them to fly with amazing speed, stability, and maneuverability.
Their forewings are boldly-marked with stripes and bands similar to tigers in the jungle.
Upon close inspection, male butterflies had smaller forewings at higher ground radiation doses.
If winged, the forewings are coriaceous and cover the hind wings and abdomen when at rest and spread out in front of the hind wings when in flight.
We discuss the fragmentation of antennal sclerites, the possible function of the pronotal process and profemoral spine, the possible link between mesoscutellar spine presence and forewing shape, forewing venation, and the possible involvement of forewings and basiabdominal laterotergites in the spread of repellent secretion, and some aspects of potential antipredatory mechanisms.
That's probably the simplest way to distinguish the two forms of odonates, but there are a few others apparent on up-close viewing: Dragonflies have three tiny abdominal appendages used for grasping during mating, while damselflies have four; and dragonfly forewings and hindwings have different shapes, while damselfly wings are similarly shaped front and back.
Males chirp by rubbing their forewings together so that a smooth scraper on one moves across a serrated file on the other.
Forewings from base to apex 35-37 mm long, with a wing span of 65-74 mm (average 69 mm), ground colour with creamy ochreous lines suffused with creamy scales.
Elytra are a pair of hard forewings which protect the hind wings and the body of the beetle.