a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, forming nouns used especially in names of zoological groups: Vertebrata.
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What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; spendthrift.
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Origin of -ata1
< Latin, neuter plural of -ātus -ate1, originally adj. in Latin, then substantivized in NL.
Definition for -ata (2 of 2)
a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek: stomata.
Origin of -ata2
< Greek t-stems, -mata result of, state of, act of; cf. -ment
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