-ata

1

a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, forming nouns used especially in names of zoological groups: Vertebrata.

Nearby words

  1. -ase,
  2. -asis,
  3. -ass,
  4. -ast,
  5. -aster,
  6. -ate,
  7. -athon,
  8. -atic,
  9. -ation,
  10. -ative

Origin of -ata

1
< Latin, neuter plural of -ātus -ate1, originally adj. in Latin, then substantivized in NL.

-ata

2

a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek: stomata.

Origin of -ata

2
< Greek t-stems, -mata result of, state of, act of; cf. -ment

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