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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)
(of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
"alate leaves"; "alate seeds of a maple tree"
WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)
recently; lately; of late
There hath been alate such tales spread abroad. uE000351607uE001 Latimer.
Origin: From alatus, from ala
Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)
lately; of late
alt. of Alated
Origin: [Pref. a- + late.]
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An alate is a winged reproductive of a social insect. Alate females are typically those destined to become queens, whereas alate males are occasionally referred to as "drones". However, the existence of reproductives that do not have wings necessitates a term to distinguish the winged from the wingless reproductive forms. This is an example of polymorphism associated with eusociality.
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