What does forelimb mean?

Definitions for forelimbˈfɔrˌlɪm, ˈfoʊr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word forelimb.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forelimb(noun)

    the front limb (or the homologous structure in other animals, such as a flipper or wing)


  1. forelimb(Noun)

    The anterior limb (or equivalent appendage) of an animal


  1. Forelimb

    A forelimb is an anterior limb on a terrestrial vertebrate's body. For quadrupeds, the term foreleg is often used instead. All vertebrate forelimbs are homologous, meaning that they all evolved from the same structures. So for example the flipper of a turtle or of a dolphin, the arm of a human, the foreleg of a horse, and the wings of both bats and birds are ultimately homologous, despite the large differences between them.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Forelimb

    A front limb of a quadruped. (The Random House College Dictionary, 1980)


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forelimb in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forelimb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Makovicky:

    Gualicho did not inherit this forelimb anatomy from an ancestor it shared with tyrannosaurs. Rather, it evolved independently in the two groups.

Images & Illustrations of forelimb

  1. forelimbforelimbforelimb

Translations for forelimb

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for forelimb »


Find a translation for the forelimb definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these forelimb definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"forelimb." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 21 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/forelimb>.

Are we missing a good definition for forelimb? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for forelimb:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.