having lost its wings: said of ants and other insects whose wings are shed after the mating flight
Origin of dealatede- + alate
Having lost the wings. Used of ants, termites, and other insects that shed their wings after a mating flight.
A dealate insect.
(comparative more dealate, superlative most dealate)
- (entomology) Having lost or shed its wings, usually in the normal course of its life cycle.
de- + alate