Adjective "alate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(chiefly of insects or seeds) having wings or wing-like appendages.
  1. 'Medium-sized, alate, subequally biconvex shells with deflected anterior margins in later growth stages.'
  2. 'Note that valve diameters do not include the alate longitudinal ridges.'


1. having wings; winged.

2. having membranous expansions like wings. noun

3. the winged form of an insect when both winged and wingless forms occur in the species.

More examples(as adjective)

"segments can be alate."

"forms can be alate."

"drupes can be alate."

"deaths can be alate."


Mid 17th century: from Latin alatus, from ala ‘wing’.