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1. One of a pair of hind wings of an insect, especially a moth or butterfly.
2. Any of various noctuid moths chiefly of the genus Catocala, having drab forewings and brightly colored hind wings that are not visible when the moth is at rest. Also called underwing moth.
3. The underside of a wing, as of a bird or airplane.


1. (Zoology) the hind wing of an insect, esp when covered by the forewing


(ˈʌn dərˌwɪŋ)

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.underwing - moth having dull forewings and brightly colored hind wingsunderwing - moth having dull forewings and brightly colored hind wings
noctuid, noctuid moth, owlet moth - usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
Catacala, genus Catacala - moths whose larvae are cutworms: underwings
Catocala nupta, red underwing - moth having dull forewings and red-marked hind wings
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From a distance, or with lone birds when size is not apparent (the Little Gull is the world's smallest gull at just 28 centimeters long), the Little Gull can readily be identified by its uniformly dark underwings.
The underwings of adults are a beautiful smoky grey, and it's always a treat to find one.
Redwings are about the same size, with distinctive red flanks and underwings, and a prominent cream eye-stripe.
The butterfly's underwings are brown, with a white W-shaped streak, an orange edge and small tails.
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These nearly crow-sized birds, with red crests, white stripes, white underwings and undulating flight, are always a thrilling sight.
It's quickly apparent, for example, that a male rose breasted grosbeak has rosy underwings, while females have lemony yellow underwings.
Black ducks fly in twos and threes, and their stark white underwings show even in poor light.
Kevin Mills, 38, barged through fans at a community carnival and told Underwings musician Martin Fraser, 20: "Get off - nobody wants to hear you.
Justices heard that Mr Fraser, 20, who was playing with band Underwings, asked Mills who he was, which infuriated the defendant.