pertaining to or having wings; alary.
winglike; wing-shaped.
Anatomy, Botany. axillary.

Nearby words

  1. alanyl,
  2. alaouite,
  3. alap,
  4. alapa,
  5. alappuzha,
  6. alar cartilage,
  7. alar spine,
  8. alarcón,
  9. alaric,
  10. alarm

Origin of alar

1830–40; < Latin ālāris equivalent to āl(a) wing (see ala) + -āris -ar1

Related formsin·ter·a·lar, adjective




a brand of daminozide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alar



relating to, resembling, or having wings or alae
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

Word Origin for alar

C19: from Latin āla a wing



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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Medicine definitions for alar




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

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