One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally: (chiefly Falconry) designating true hawks of the genus Accipiter. In later use also: (of any bird) having relatively broad, rounded wings.
2Generally. Having round or rounded wings.
3Entomology. In the names of moths and other insects with rounded wings.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Turberville (c1543–c1597), poet and translator. From round + winged.
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