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  1. a suffix used in the formation of nouns of various types, especially female proper names, musical instruments, compositions, etc.: Wilhelmina; sonatina.Compare -in2, -ine2.
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Origin of -ina1

< Latin -īna, feminine of -īnus


  1. a suffix used in taxonomic names in biology: Euglenoidina; Nemertina.
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Origin of -ina2

< New Latin, neuter plural of Latin -īnus or Greek -inos; cf. -in1, -ine1
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Word Origin and History for -ina

fem. suffix in titles and names, from Latin -ina.

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