a plural ending of nouns borrowed from Greek and Latin: phenomena; criteria; data; errata; genera.
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Definition for -a (2 of 4)
a feminine singular ending of nouns borrowed from Latin and Greek, also used in Neo-Latin coinages to Latinize bases of any origin, and as a Latin substitute for the feminine ending -ē of Greek words: anabaena; cinchona; pachysandra.
Definition for -a (3 of 4)
an ending of personal names forming feminines from masculines: Georgia; Roberta.
Origin of -a3
< L feminine -a (see -a2), as Claudia, feminine of Claudius
Definition for -a (4 of 4)
a suffix designating the oxide of the chemical element denoted by the stem: alumina; ceria; thoria.
Origin of -a4
probably generalized from the -a of magnesia
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