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Either of a pair of anterior wings of a four-winged insect.
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(Zoology) either wing of the anterior pair of an insect's two pairs of wings
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(ˈfɔrˌwɪŋ, ˈfoʊr-)

either of the front smaller pair of wings of an insect having four wings.
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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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Karr compiled the dataset of more than 10,500 fossil insect wing lengths from an extensive review of publications on fossil insects.
Commenting on the origin of the Holometabola, Hennig indicated that the clade originated deep in pre-Carboniferous time, a date that evidently was informed by discovery of Eopteridium striatum Rohdendorf 1961, erroneously interpreted as a derived insect wing (Crowson, 1970) instead of a crustacean telson (Schram, 1980).
We use the wing venation nomenclature elaborated by Bethoux & Nel (2002) for Archaeorthoptera, itself based on that of orthopterans (Bethoux & Nel 2001) and on the serial insect wing venation pattern (Lameere 1922, 1923).
A fragmentary insect wing was recently discovered during investigations carried out in the lower part of the Eslida Formation, near Corbalan village, Teruel province (Fig.
Thus, we have started to study the expression patterns of genes that regulate insect wing development in noninsect arthropods and primitive wingless insects.
The rotation, combined with lightning-fast wing flaps, whips air flowing over the top of an insect wing into a swell of curling vortexes, or whirling spirals of air (see diagram).