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Zoology.
a suffix of the names of subfamilies.
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Origin of -inae

<New Latin, Latin, feminine plural of -inus;see -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for -inae

-inae

suffix forming plural proper nouns
occurring in names of zoological subfamiliesFelinae

Word Origin for -inae

New Latin, from Latin, feminine plural of -īnus -ine 1
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