Definition of underwing in English:

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underwing

Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌwiNG/

noun

1The hind wing of an insect, especially when it is normally hidden by a forewing.
Example sentences
  • The butterflies have tiger striped underwings and little black tails on their back wings.
  • At last they find a huge moth with ‘great underwings of glowing crimson.’
2The underside of a bird’s wing.
Example sentences
  • They note that white plumage seen on the bird's back doesn't match the pattern of a pileated woodpecker, nor does the absence of black trailing edges on the underwings of the bird in the video.
  • The body coloration is typical of gull plumage from above, but both breeding and non-breeding adults have dark underwings with pale wingtips, which are distinctive in flight.
  • In flight, the long, wedge-shaped tail and prominent white trailing edge of the wing are evident; the underwing usually appears darker than the upperwing.
3 (also underwing moth) [usually with modifier] A moth with drab forewings and brightly colored hind wings, typically yellow or red with a black terminal band.
  • Several genera in the family Noctuidae

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Syllabification: un·der·wing

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