alate

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adjective

: having wings or a winglike part

alate

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noun

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

Examples of alate in a Sentence

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Noun
The alates flying from their nests can travel up to 300 yards. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 22 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin alatus, from ala

First Known Use

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alate was in 1661

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“Alate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alate. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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