noun, plural a·lae [ey-lee] /ˈeɪ li/.

a wing.
a winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
either of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.

Origin of ala

1730–40; < Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle




Hus·sein [hoo-seyn] /hʊˈseɪn/, 1888–1964, Iranian statesman and diplomat: premier in 1951 and from 1955 to 1957.





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Related Words for ala

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Examples from the Web for ala

Historical Examples of ala

  • 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 &amp; 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

British Dictionary definitions for ala


noun plural alae (ˈeɪliː)

zoology a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
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 for ala

C18: from Latin āla a wing


abbreviation for

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ala in Medicine



n. pl. a•lae (ā)

A winglike or expanded structure or part, such as the external ear.







Delta-aminolevulinic acid; an intermediate in the biosynthesis of hematin formed from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A.
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