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  1. pertaining to or having wings; alary.
  2. winglike; wing-shaped.
  3. Anatomy, Botany. axillary.
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Origin of alar

1830–40; < Latin ālāris equivalent to āl(a) wing (see ala) + -āris -ar1
Related formsin·ter·a·lar, adjective


  1. a brand of daminozide.
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Related Words

feathered, fleet, wounded, fast, sublime, elevated, alar, alary, axillary, lofty, rapid, swift, alate, pennate

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British Dictionary definitions for alar


  1. relating to, resembling, or having wings or alae
  2. denoting the cells at the base of a moss leaf, to the sides, that sometimes differ in structure from cells in the rest of the leaf
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin āla a wing


  1. a chemical sprayed on cultivated apple trees in certain countries, to increase fruit setAlso called: daminozide
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Word Origin and History for alar


"wing-like," c.1840; "of or pertaining to wings," 1847, from Latin alaris, from ala "wing, armpit, wing of an army" (source of Spanish ala, French aile), from *axla, originally "joint of the wing or arm;" from PIE *aks- (see axis).

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alar in Medicine


  1. Resembling, containing, or composed of wings or alae; axillary.
  2. Relating to the ala of such structures as the nose, sphenoid bone, and sacrum.
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