/ay"layt/, adj. Also, alated.
1. having wings; winged.
2. having membranous expansions like wings.
3. the winged form of an insect when both winged and wingless forms occur in the species.
[1660-70; < L alatus, equiv. to al(a) ALA + -atus -ATE1]

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