[ al-yuh-luh ]

noun,plural al·u·lae [al-yuh-lee]. /ˈæl yəˌli/.
  1. Also called bastard wing, spurious wing. the group of three to six small, rather stiff feathers growing on the first digit, pollex, or thumb of a bird's wing.

  2. a membranous lobe at the base of each wing of a dipterous insect.

Origin of alula

1765–75; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin āl(a) wing + -ula-ule

Other words from alula

  • al·u·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for alula


/ (ˈæljʊlə) /

nounplural -lae (-liː)
  1. another name for bastard wing

Origin of alula

C18: New Latin: a little wing, from Latin āla a wing

Derived forms of alula

  • alular, adjective

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