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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]




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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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ALA - Advanced Logistics for Aerospace has announced that effective January 2017, all of its controlled companies in the US, UK, and France are operating under the same brand: ALA - Advanced Logistics for Aerospace, coupled with their geographical descriptor, the company said.
The ALA UPBMS is not intended for a single purpose.
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It contains essays about the history and development of official ALA documents on intellectual freedom.
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