1. a Latin adjectival suffix meaning “pertaining to,” “originating in,” used in modern Latin scientific coinages, especially derivatives of placenames: canadensis; carolinensis.

Origin of -ensis

<Latin -ēnsis;cf. -ese

Words Nearby -ensis

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How to use -ensis in a sentence

  • Did tha ivver hear o' a private gentleman as had na a manny-ensis?

    That Lass O' Lowrie's | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • By quick repetition of this process Ensis can get out of sight in a remarkably sudden manner.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold