One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or resembling a wing or wings.
- ‘On capture, a 250-l sample of whole blood was obtained from the alar wing vein of each individual.’
- ‘We captured undisturbed birds and collected the initial baseline blood samples by puncturing the alar vein and collecting blood in heparinized microhematocrit 100-l tubes.’
- ‘The wing illustration depicts the alar bone structure and flight membrane and is not to scale.’
- ‘We took blood from the alar vein in the wing by inserting a needle into the vein and drawing blood into a vacutainer containing the anticoagulant lithium heparin.’
- ‘In ostriches the alar bone integrated with the elements of the prefrontal bones.’
- 1.1Botany another term for axillary
- ‘Autoicous, perigonia in axillary buds, perichaetial leaves weakly differentiated... and alar cells that are somewhat enlarged and weakly differentiated.’
- ‘The smaller alar fissure width on flowers of non-fruiting plants apparently reduces the probability of successful pollinia insertions in these plants.’
- ‘The alar groups consist of few or often numerous quadrate to longly rectangular cells. The upper portion of the axillary hairs mostly consists of 1-2 cells.’
- ‘Plants very small, often 1-2 mm or less than 5 mm high; autoicous, perichaetial buds small and axillary; alar cells not differentiated.’
- ‘Leaf with alternate large and small teeth; alar cells distinctly subquadrate.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin alaris, from ala ‘wing’.
nounmass nountrademark in UK
A growth retardant formerly sprayed on fruit and vegetables to enhance the quality of the crop. Found to be a likely carcinogen, its use is now restricted to ornamental plants.
- ‘Acsh, which had assets of $1.8 million in 1998, made its first headlines by refuting the dangers of the potentially carcinogenic growth hormone Alar, which was widely sprayed on apples to keep them on the tree longer.’
- ‘Stossel also warped reality to make concerns over the pesticide Alar, used by apple growers to protect the appearance of fruit, sound like a hoax.’
- ‘During the Alar scare of 1989, for example, consumer concern about pesticide use in the apple industry sparked a demand for organic apples and apple juice.’
- ‘Sure, kids should eat lots of fruits and veggies, but 10 years after Alar, apples are still loaded with pesticides.’
- ‘The author discusses some of the usual outrages of the health hysteria mongers such as claims that cell phones cause brain cancer and that Alar was a carcinogen.’
1960s: of unknown origin.
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