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
Related formsal·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -lae (-liː)
  1. 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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