adjectiveBotany & Entomology
(Chiefly of insects or seeds) having wings or wing-like appendages.
- Some possess wide ‘wings,’ or alate lamellae, while in other species the lamellae fold into delicate spines.
- Adult shells of both C. syringothyriformis and species of Regelia are large with alate cardinal extremities and large nearly catacline ventral interareas.
- Ventral valve most strongly convex posteriorly, ventral deflection beginning at about 6 mm from beak, becoming slightly alate, but not preserved on anterior portion of valve.
Mid 17th century: from Latin alatus, from ala 'wing'.
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