American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having winglike extensions or parts; winged: alate leaves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of late; lately.
- Winged; having membranous expansions like wings.
- Specifically— In botany, applied to stems and leaf-stalks with the edges or angles longitudinally expanded into leaf-like borders, or to other organs having membranous expansions: opposed to apterous.
- In conchology, having an expanded lip: applied to shells. See cut under A porrhaidæ.
- In architecture, having wings, as a building: as, “an alate temple,”
- adj. entomology, botany Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
- n. A winged, reproductive form of several social insects
- adv. archaic recently; lately; of late
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Archaic Lately; of late.
- adj. Winged; having wings, or side appendages like wings.
- adj. (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
- a- + late (Wiktionary)
- Latin ālātus, from āla, wing. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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