alate

adjective
\ ˈā-ˌlāt How to pronounce alate (audio) \

Definition of alate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having wings or a winglike part

alate

noun

Definition of alate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of alate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The alates flying from their nests can travel up to 300 yards. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of alate

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alate

Adjective

Latin alatus, from ala

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“Alate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alate. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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