1 a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism; "the alae of the nose"; "the alae of a maple seed"; "the flat petals of a pea blossom are alae"
2 a wing of an insect [also: alae (pl)]
EtymologyOriginated 1730–40 from ala.
- American Heritage 2000
- A dragon.
- To be born.
- Hyphenation: a·la
- Rhymes: -ɑlɑ
- inflected form of alkaa
- Hyphenation: a·la
EtymologyFrom ; compare Indonesian jalan, Maori ara.
- flag (piece of cloth)
Old High German
Usage notesGenerally used as an enclitic suffix to the word it modifies, not as a separate word.
Ala may refer to:
- Ala (demon), a female demon in the Serbian and Bulgarian mythology.
- Ala (mythology), a goddess in the Igbo mythology.
- Alae (anatomy) a feature of the anatomy of many nematodes (worms).
- Latin for "wing":
- à la, a French phrase, meaning "in the manner of".
- Ala, Italy, a commune in the province of Trento, Italy.
- Al-Ala, the 87th chapter of the Qur'an
As an abbreviation, Ala or ALA may stand for:
- Aerotransoprtes Litoral Argentino, a former Argentina airline.
- Alabama or Alaska, two states in the USA.
- Alanine, an amino acid.
- Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid.
- Alpha lipoic acid, a nutritional supplement with anti-oxidant properties, and a chelator of mercury and arsenic.
- The Åland Islands' ISO 3-letter country code.
- Alcatel SA, a French telecom giant.
- A List Apart – a webzine created by and for web designers.
- Almaty International Airport.
- American Legion Auxiliary.
American Library Association.
- see also ALA-LC romanization for Russian
- American Lung Association.
- Animal language acquisition.
- ANSEL character set.
- Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity, a standard work in Epigraphy and a pilot EpiDoc project.
- Arab Liberation Army.
- Arizona Lutheran Academy.
- Association for Laboratory Automation.
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ala in French: ALA
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ala in Russian: Ала
ala in Volapük: Ala