alae

alae

[ey-lee]
noun
plural of ala.
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ala

[ey-luh]
noun, plural alae [ey-lee] .
1.
a wing.
2.
a winglike part, process, or expansion, as of a bone, shell, seed, or stem.
3.
either of the two side petals of a flower in the legume family, as the pea.
4.
(in an ancient Roman house) a small room, as an alcove, opening into a larger room or courtyard.

Origin:
1730–40; < Latin āla wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle

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ala (ˈeɪlə)
 
n , pl alae
1.  zoology a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
2.  botany a winglike part, such as one of the wings of a sycamore seed or one of the flat petals of a sweet pea flower
 
[C18: from Latin āla a wing]

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ala a·la (ā'lə)
n. pl. a·lae (ā'lē)
A winglike or expanded structure or part, such as the external ear.

Ala abbr.
alanine

ALA (ā'ěl-ā')
n.
Delta-aminolevulinic acid; an intermediate in the biosynthesis of hematin formed from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A.

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ALA
  1. alpha-linolenic acid

  2. American Library Association

  3. American Lung Association

  4. Association for Laboratory Automation

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