- plural of ala.
- 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
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When it is from fifty to sixty feet in length, devote one fourth of the length to the alae.Ten Books on Architecture
To the right of these alae, the two comrades now directed their steps.The Last Days of Pompeii
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
There was no second story over the alae, the tablinum, or the rooms about the peristyle.
One of the alae (h) at the time of the eruption was used as a wardrobe.
The alae, the 'wings' of the atrium, were two deep recesses in the sides (Fig. 115).
- 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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