ALA (from Lat. ala, a wing), a word used technically by analogy with its meaning of "wing." In physiology, it means any wing-like process, such as one of the lateral cartilages of the nose. In botany, one of the side petals of a papilionaceous corolla, etc. In architecture, a side apartment or recess of a Romanhouse (the origin of "aisle").
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)