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alate

adjective \ ˈā-ˌlāt \

Definition of alate

: having wings or a winglike part

Origin and Etymology of alate

Latin alatus, from ala


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alate

noun

Definition of alate

: a winged insect (such as an ant or termite) of a kind having winged and wingless forms

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1941


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