dealate

[ dee-ey-leyt, -lit ]
/ ˈdi eɪˌleɪt, -lɪt /
Entomology

adjective

Also de·a·lat·ed [dee-ey-ley-tid] /ˈdi eɪˌleɪ tɪd/. (of certain ants and termites after nuptial flights) having no wings as a result of having bitten or rubbed them off.

noun

a dealate insect.

Origin of dealate

Related forms

de·a·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dealate

dealate

dealated (ˈdiːeɪˌleɪtɪd)

/ (ˈdiːeɪˌleɪt, -lɪt) /

adjective

(of ants and other insects) having lost their wings, esp by biting or rubbing them off after mating

Derived Forms

dealation, noun

Word Origin for dealate

from de- + alate
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