an element used to form adjectives from nouns ending in -ea: crustacean.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -ean
< Latin -ē(us) (Greek -eios), -ae(us) (Greek -aios), -e(us) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for -ean
suffix forming adjectives
a variant of -an Caesarean
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