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ala

[ey-luh] /ˈeɪ lə/
noun, plural alae
[ey-lee] /ˈeɪ li/ (Show IPA)
1.
a wing.
2.
a winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
3.
either of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
4.
(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.
Origin of ala
1730-1740
1730-40; < Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle

Ala

[ah-lah] /ˈɑ lɑ/
noun
1.
Hussein
[hoo-seyn] /hʊˈseɪn/ (Show IPA),
1888–1964, Iranian statesman and diplomat: premier in 1951 and from 1955 to 1957.

Ala

Biochemistry.
1.

Ala.

1.

A.L.A.

1.
American Library Association.
2.
Associate in Liberal Arts.
3.
Authors League of America.
4.
Automobile Legal Association.
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Examples from the Web for ala
Historical Examples
  • In spite of her starved condition, ala was an attractive child.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The accoutrement (ala) presumably was the addition of fittings.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • The fairy ala has probably had a lot to do with that trouble.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • ala (plural, al), a wing; the side-petals of a papilionaceous corolla, 92.

  • Whereupon the Soldan ala Eddin told him the whole circumstance.

    The Turkish Jester Nasreddin Hoca
  • All the way to ala they would still be in the Emperor's territory.

    Clementina A.E.W. Mason
  • On this walk to ala he spoke of his master, and remorsefully in the highest praise.

    Clementina A.E.W. Mason
  • Will you, then, permit me to ask you what is the translation of ala e ala, word for word?

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • In answer to your telegram for names of graduates and former students engaged in farming in ala I send the following.

  • From time to time this settlement grew in size by the addition of the ala, Pakab, Patki, and other phratries of lesser importance.

British Dictionary definitions for ala

ala

/ˈeɪlə/
noun (pl) alae (ˈeɪliː)
1.
(zoology) a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
2.
(botany) a winglike part, such as one of the wings of a sycamore seed or one of the flat petals of a sweet pea flower
Word Origin
C18: from Latin āla a wing

Ala.

abbreviation
1.
Alabama
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ala in Medicine

ala a·la (ā'lə)
n. pl. a·lae (ā'lē)
A winglike or expanded structure or part, such as the external ear.

Ala abbr.
alanine

ALA (ā'ěl-ā')
n.
Delta-aminolevulinic acid; an intermediate in the biosynthesis of hematin formed from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A.

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