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.
- al·u·lar, adjective
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How to use alula in a sentence
Axillary lobe: the sclerite covering the base of the wing in Diptera; see also alula and posterior lobe.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology | John. B. Smith
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
On the 23rd of September Ras alula attacked him there with an equal number of men and routed him with great slaughter.
Ras alula beat a hurried retreat, leaving the camp in the hands of his enemies.Fire and Sword in the Sudan | Rudolf C. Slatin
Dead and wounded alike were horribly mutilated by order of alula.
British Dictionary definitions for alula
another name for bastard wing
- alular, adjective
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