- 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
- Hus·sein [hoo-seyn] /hʊˈseɪn/, 1888–1964, Iranian statesman and diplomat: premier in 1951 and from 1955 to 1957.
- American Library Association.
- Associate in Liberal Arts.
- Authors League of America.
- Automobile Legal Association.
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Examples from the Web for ala
In spite of her starved condition, Ala was an attractive child.The Inca Emerald
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
Ala (plural, al), a wing; the side-petals of a papilionaceous corolla, 92.The Elements of Botany
Whereupon the Soldan Ala Eddin told him the whole circumstance.The Turkish Jester
- 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
C18: from Latin āla a wing
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- 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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