Definitions for ALAˈeɪ lə; ˈeɪ li
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a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism
"the alae of the nose"; "the alae of a maple seed"; "the flat petals of a pea blossom are alae"
a wing of an insect
a winglike organ, or part
Origin: [L., a wing.]
An Ala was the term used during the mid- Roman Republic to denote a military formation composed of conscripts from the socii, Rome's Italian military allies. A normal consular army during this period consisted of 2 legions, composed of Roman citizens only, and 2 allied alae. Alae were somewhat larger than normal legions. From the time of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, the term ala was used in the professional imperial army to denote a much smaller, purely cavalry unit of the non-citizen auxilia corps, see Ala.
aal , AAL
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