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.
A Long List of Affixes: Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsSuffixes -able, -ible, -ile: (form adjs) able to, fit to, worthy, capable; apt to; subject to being ~-ed -ac: one affect with -ac, -al, -ane, -ar, -ary, -ch, -ese, -ic, -ical, -id, -ile, -ine, -ish, -ory: like, of, pertaining to; characterized by -aceae: families of plants -aceous, -ous: resemblance to a substance; full of -acy, -age, -ance, -ancy, -asm, -dom, -ence, -ency, -hood, -ism, -ity, -ment, -mony, -ness, -ry, -ship, …
Origin of -aceous
< Latin -āceus; see -ous
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suffix forming adjectives
relating to, belonging to, having the nature of, or resemblingherbaceous; larvaceous
Word Origin for -aceous
New Latin, from Latin -āceus of a certain kind; related to -āc, -āx, adjectival suffix
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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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