(of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
"alate leaves"; "alate seeds of a maple tree"
recently; lately; of late
There hath been alate such tales spread abroad. uE000351607uE001 Latimer.
Origin: From alatus, from ala
lately; of late
alt. of Alated
Origin: [Pref. a- + late.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-lāt′, adv. (arch.) lately. [A.S. pfx. a-, on, and Late.]
al′āt, adj. winged: (bot.) bordered by a leafy expansion.—Also Al′ated. [L. alatus—ala, a wing.]
The numerical value of alate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of alate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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