from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having winglike extensions or parts; winged: alate leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
- n. A winged, reproductive form of several social insects
- adv. recently; lately; of late
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Lately; of late.
- adj. Winged; having wings, or side appendages like wings.
from The 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,”
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- adj. (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
Latin ālātus, from āla, wing.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin alatus, from ala ("wing") (Wiktionary)
a- + late (Wiktionary)