Definitions for alaˈeɪ lə; ˈeɪ li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•laˈeɪ lə; ˈeɪ li(n.)(pl.)a•lae

  1. a wing.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. one of a pair of various winglike structures or processes, as the top of a hipbone or a side petal of certain flowers.

    Category: Biology

Origin of ala:

1730–40; < L: wing, armpit, shoulder, repr. *aks-lā, der. of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle


  1. Alabama.

    Category: Geography (places)


  1. American Library Association.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

  2. Associate in Liberal Arts.

    Category: Titles, Associations, Organizations

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ala(noun)

    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"

  2. ala(noun)

    a wing of an insect

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ala(noun)

    a winglike organ, or part


  1. ALA

    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.

Anagrams of ala

  1. aal , AAL

Translations for ala

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of the arm-like limbs of a bird or bat, which it usually uses in flying, or one of the similar limbs of an insect

The eagle spread his wings and flew away; The bird cannot fly as it has an injured wing; These butterflies have red and brown wings.

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