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[ al-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈæl yə lə /

noun, plural al·u·lae [al-yuh-lee] /ˈæl yəˌli/.

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

Nearby words

altruist, altruistic, altus, alu, aludel, alula, alum, alum rock, alum., alumin-, alumina

Origin of alula

1765–75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin āl(a) wing + -ula -ule
Related formsal·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alula

  • Axillary incision: Diptera; an incision on inner margin of wing, near base, which separates the alula from the main part.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
  • Calypter: Diptera; the alula or squama when it covers the haltere.

  • Axillary lobe: the sclerite covering the base of the wing in Diptera; see also alula and posterior lobe.

  • Dead and wounded alike were horribly mutilated by order of Alula.

British Dictionary definitions for alula


/ (ˈæljʊlə) /

noun plural -lae (-liː)

another name for bastard wing
Derived Formsalular, adjective

Word Origin for alula

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