(adjective) (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions; “alate leaves”; “alate seeds of a maple tree”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
alate (comparative more alate, superlative most alate)
(entomology, botany) Having winglike extensions or parts; winged.
alate (plural alates)
A winged, reproductive form of several social insects.
alate (not comparable)
(archaic) recently; lately; of late.
A*late", adv. Etym: [Pref. a- + late.]
Definition: Lately; of late. [Archaic]
There hath been alate such tales spread abroad. Latimer.
A"late, A"la*ted, a. Etym: [L. alatus, from ala wing.]
Definition: Winged; having wings, or side appendages like wings.
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition