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Forms: ala (data provider: donatus-sup), ale (data provider: donatus-sup)
Baretti: A dictionary of the English and Italian languages
Ál-a, s. f. dim. Ál-étta, Ál-ína, Ál-úccia, disp. Ál-áccia,
1. the wing of a bird or insect, pinion, fin of a fish. Stare sull' ali, to be ready to set off. Far —, to make room; 2. wing of an army or of a building. Le ale d'un mulino a vento, the sails of a windmill; 3. protection, safeguard; 4. an Italian measure of length (about an English ell); 5. the fly of a pinion belonging to a clock; 6. the downhaul of a staysail. — di capello, the brim of a hat.
Florio: a worlde of wordes, or most copious, dictionarie in Italian and English