- a suffix with the meanings “resembling, having the nature of,” “made of,” occurring in loanwords from Latin (cretaceous; herbaceous) and forming adjectives in English on the Latin model (ceraceous), especially adjectival correspondents to taxonomic names ending in -acea and -aceae: rosaceous.
Origin of -aceous
< Latin -āceus; see -ous
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- relating to, belonging to, having the nature of, or resemblingherbaceous; larvaceous
New Latin, from Latin -āceus of a certain kind; related to -āc, -āx, adjectival suffix
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Word Origin and History for -aceous
word-forming element denoting "belonging to, of the nature of," from Latin -aceus, enlarged form of adjectival suffix -ax (genitive -acis); see -acea. Especially in biology, "pertaining to X order of plants or animals."
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- A suffix used to form adjectives meaning made of or resembling a particular substance or material, such as silicaceous, containing silicon.
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