- Iowa (approved especially for use with zip code).
- a noun suffix having restricted application in various fields, as in names of diseases (malaria; anemia), place names (Italia; Romania), names of Roman feasts (Lupercalia), Latin or Latinizing plurals (Amphibia; insignia; Reptilia), and in other loanwords from Latin (militia).
Origin of -ia
- in absentia.
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Contemporary Examples of ia
Co -7, IA -7, NH -7, WI-7, VA -5, NV -4, MI -4, FL -3, NC -3, MN -3, OH -2.Various Thoughts: Demography, Rove, Morris, the Great Nate, &c.
November 7, 2012
Historical Examples of ia
Ommatidium -ia: one of the elements of which the compound eye is composed.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
One lot always end in 'ic,' and the other in 'ia,' and it is so confusing.Hunter's Marjory
Margaret Bruce Clarke
Therefore as au is uy; so is ai to ei: Then as uy is to ya; so is ei to ia.The Way To Geometry
The sound of ia is made up of the sounds of both the vowels.Elements of Gaelic Grammar
The hydrogen lines are strong, but not so striking as in Ia.
- occurring in place namesAlbania; Columbia
- occurring in names of diseases and pathological disorderspneumonia; aphasia
- occurring in words denoting condition or qualityutopia
- occurring in names of botanical generaacacia; poinsettia
- occurring in names of zoological classesReptilia
- occurring in collective nouns borrowed from Latinmarginalia; memorabilia; regalia
Word Origin for -ia
word-forming element in names of countries, diseases, flowers, from Latin and Greek -ia, which forms abstract nouns of feminine gender. In paraphernalia, Mammalia, etc. it represents the Latin and Greek plural suffix of nouns in -ium or -ion.
Chinese forms country names by adding guo "country" to the stressed syllable of the place name, hence Meiguo "America," from mei, the stressed syllable of America (minus -r-, which does not exist in Chinese). Similarly Yingguo "England," Faguo "France." Continent names are similarly formed, with zhou "continent" (e.g. Meizhou "America (continent)," Feizhou "Africa," Ouzhou "Europe").
- Disease; pathological or abnormal condition:anoxia.