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noun [countable] wing pronunciation in American English /wɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    one of the parts on a bird, insect, or bat that move up and down and allow it to fly. Birds have two wings, but insects have either two or four wings
    a moth’s delicate wings
    something flaps its wings: The bird flapped its wings excitedly.
    1. a.
      the meat from the wing of a chicken, etc., eaten as food
      barbecued chicken wings
  2. 3
    a part of a building that sticks out from the main part, especially one with a particular purpose
    the east/main wing
    He works in the psychiatric wing of the hospital.

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