from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Zoology A wing or winglike structure or part.
- n. Anatomy A flat, winglike anatomic process or part, especially of bone.
- n. Botany The flattened border of some stems, fruits, and seeds, or either one of the two side petals of certain flowers in the pea family.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wing or winglike structure.
- n. A winglike anatomical process or part, especially of bone.
- n. The flattened border of some stems, fruits, and seeds, or one of the two side petals of certain flowers in the pea family.
- n. In ancient Rome, a small room opening into a larger room or courtyard.
- prep. Alternative form of a la.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A winglike organ, or part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany: One of the two side petals of a papilionaceous blossom, or the membranous expansion of an organ, as of a fruit, seed, stem, etc. See cut under banner.
- n. In mosses, one of the basal lobes or auricles of the leaves.
- n. An axilla or axil.
- n. In anat., zoöl., etc.:
- n. A wing.
- n. Any part of a wing-like or flap-like character: as, ala auris, the upper and outer part of the external ear.
- n. The armpit.
- n. plural Specifically, in Cirripedia, the lateral parts of the shell, as distinguished from the parietes, when they are overlapped by others; when they overlap they are termed radii.
- n. In anc. Rom. arch., a wing or a small apartment placed on each side of the atrium of a Roman house. Audsley.
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- n. a wing of an insect
- n. a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism
Latin āla, wing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1730–40 from Latin āla ("wing"). (Wiktionary)
From French à la, by way of its English derivation a la. (Wiktionary)