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n. pl. a·lae (ā′lē)
1. Zoology A wing or winglike structure or part.
2. Anatomy A flat, winglike anatomic process or part, especially of bone.
3. 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.

[Latin āla, wing.]


n, pl alae (ˈeɪliː)
1. (Zoology) zoology a wing or flat winglike process or structure, such as a part of some bones and cartilages
2. (Botany) 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]

à la

or a la

(ˈɑ lɑ, ˈɑ lə, ˈæl ə)
in the manner or style of: a short poem à la Ogden Nash; tuna à la provençale.
[1580–90; < French]


(ˈeɪ lə)

n., pl. a•lae (ˈeɪ li)
1. a wing.
2. one of a pair of various winglike structures or processes, as the top of a hipbone or a side petal of certain flowers.
[1730–40; < Latin: wing, armpit, shoulder, representing *aks-lā, derivative of same base as axis axle (see axis1); see axle]




1. American Library Association.
2. Associate in Liberal Arts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ala - a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organismala - a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism; "the alae of the nose"; "the alae of a maple seed"; "the flat petals of a pea blossom are alae"
appendage, outgrowth, process - a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant; "a bony process"
2.ala - a wing of an insectala - a wing of an insect      
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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Bedford, a white man from Wisconsin, who was then pastor of a little coloured Congregational church in Montgomery, Ala.
forward to the ALA Council where approval was immediately given.
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As ALA responded to those attacks in the course of the decade, the Library Bill of Rights moved from a little-known abstraction to a frequently invoked credo--and pluralist democracy became the unexamined lens through which librarians viewed their domain.
The social responsibility perspective ideologically opposed Berninghausen's proposition of intellectual freedom because it called upon ALA to move away from a neutral stance and toward a viewpoint on social issues.
According to the ALA, Great Web Sites for Kids are those considered to be the best web sites for children aged birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception, with "great" defined as "especially commendable in quality, reflecting and encouraging young people's interests in exemplary ways.
CONTACT: Larra Clark +1-312-280-5043, or Macey Morales +1-312-280-4393, both of ALA Media Relations
Comment: ALA is an essential fatty acid of the omega-3 class.
According to the report, Ala, who is running on the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) ticket in the June general election, requested a 15-day grace period following his resignation to move out of the official residence in the capital, but did not live up to his word.