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an element used to form adjectives from nouns ending in -ea: crustacean.
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Origin of -ean

<Latin (us) (Greek -eios), -ae(us) (Greek -aios), -e(us) + -an

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How to use -ean in a sentence

  • But if the last vowel be small, an e is thrown into the termination; as, sil-ean eyes, srin-ean noses.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
  • And now you must come in and speak to my father and mother, and we must see what ean be done with you.

    Rogues and Vagabonds|George R. Sims

British Dictionary definitions for -ean

-ean

suffix forming adjectives
a variant of -an Caesarean
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