having wings or winglike attachments
Origin of alateClassical Latin alatus from ala, a wing: see aileron
the winged form of insect species, as ants or termites, having both winged and wingless forms
Having wings or winglike extensions: alate aphids; alate petioles.
A winged insect of a species that has both wingless and winged forms.
Origin of alateLatin ālātus from āla wing
(comparative more alate, superlative most alate)
- (entomology, botany) Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
- A winged, reproductive form of several social insects.
From Latin ālatus, from āla (“wing”).
a- + late.