forelimb [fawr-lim, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a front limb of an animal.

Origin of forelimb First recorded in 1785–95; fore- + limb1 Examples from the Web for forelimb Historical Examples of forelimb

  • The differences in the sternum and proportions of the forelimb reflect the more rapid flight of the hoary bat.

    North American Yellow Bats, ‘Dasypterus,’ And a List of the Named Kinds Of the Genus Lasiurus Gray

    E. Raymond Hall

  • The forelimb is transitional between the pectoral fin of Rhipidistia and the limb of early Amphibia.

    A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas

    Theodore H. Eaton

  • Richardson, looking down, saw the long, fine reach of forelimb as steady as steel machinery.

    The Open Boat and Other Stories

    Stephen Crane

  • British Dictionary definitions for forelimb forelimb noun

    1. either of the front or anterior limbs of a four-limbed vertebrate: a foreleg, flipper, or wing
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