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  1. the winged form of an insect when both winged and wingless forms occur in the species.

Origin of alate

1660–70; < Latin ālātus, equivalent to āl(a) ala + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·a·late, adjectivesub·a·lat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for alate


  1. having wings or winglike extensions

Word Origin for alate

C17: from Latin ālātus, from āla wing
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