- pertaining to or having wings; alary.
- winglike; wing-shaped.
- Anatomy, Botany. axillary.
Origin of alar
- a brand of daminozide.
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Examples from the Web for alar
Our vessel was called the Alar, and she belonged to Mr. Crockford.
In length, he measures ten and a half inches, in alar extent, nearly seventeen.
In this coral the calicle is divided into quadrants by four principal septa, the main septum, counter septum, and two alar septa.
Feather sheaths of the alar tracts penetrated the skin the first day after hatching.
About eleven, all, except myself, had left the Alar in the full conviction of having enjoyed themselves very much indeed.
- relating to, resembling, or having wings or alae
- denoting the cells at the base of a moss leaf, to the sides, that sometimes differ in structure from cells in the rest of the leaf
C19: from Latin āla a wing
- a chemical sprayed on cultivated apple trees in certain countries, to increase fruit setAlso called: daminozide
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Word Origin and History for alar
"wing-like," c.1840; "of or pertaining to wings," 1847, from Latin alaris, from ala "wing, armpit, wing of an army" (source of Spanish ala, French aile), from *axla, originally "joint of the wing or arm;" from PIE *aks- (see axis).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Resembling, containing, or composed of wings or alae; axillary.
- Relating to the ala of such structures as the nose, sphenoid bone, and sacrum.
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