plural of ala.

Nearby words

  1. alacrima,
  2. alacrity,
  3. aladdin,
  4. aladdin's cave,
  5. aladdin's lamp,
  6. alagez,
  7. alagez, mount,
  8. alagna,
  9. alagoas,
  10. alagöz



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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alae


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

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Medicine definitions for alae



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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