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[al-yuh-luh] /ˈæl yə lə/
noun, plural alulae
[al-yuh-lee] /ˈæl yəˌli/ (Show IPA)
Also called bastard wing, spurious wing. the group of three to six small, rather stiff feathers growing on the first digit, pollex, or thumb of a bird's wing.
a membranous lobe at the base of each wing of a dipterous insect.
Origin of alula
1765-75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin āl(a) wing + -ula -ule
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alular, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
another name for bastard wing
Derived Forms
alular, adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin: a little wing, from Latin āla a wing
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