Definition of clearwing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklirwiNG/
(also clearwing moth)


A day-flying moth that has narrow mainly transparent wings and mimics a wasp or bee in appearance.
Example sentences
  • Honeybees (the few that have so far escaped the Varroa mites), bumblebees, various flies and beetles, and the hummingbird clearwing (a moth that thinks it's a hummingbird) frequent milkweeds too.
  • The adult of the raspberry crown borer is a clearwing moth with a wingspan of 1 1/4 inches.
  • The adult is a clearwing moth in the same family as the peachtree borer, lesser peachtree borer, and lilac borer.

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Syllabification: clear·wing

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