Main definitions of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a1

suffix

  • 1Forming ancient or Latinized modern names of animals and plants.

    ‘primula’
  • 2Forming names of oxides.

    ‘baryta’
  • 3Forming geographical names.

    ‘Africa’
  • 4Forming ancient or Latinized modern feminine forenames.

    ‘Lydia’
  • 5Forming nouns from Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

    ‘duenna’
    ‘stanza’

Origin

Representing a Greek, Latin, or Romance feminine singular.

Pronunciation

-a

/ə/

Main definitions of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a2

suffix

  • 1Forming plural nouns from Greek or Latin neuter plurals corresponding to a singular in -um or -on (such as addenda, phenomena).

  • 2Forming plural nouns in names (often from modern Latin) of zoological groups.

    ‘Insectivora’

Pronunciation

-a

/ə/

Main definitions of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a3

suffix

informal
  • 1Of.

    ‘coupla’
  • 2Have.

    ‘mighta’
  • 3To.

    ‘oughta’

Origin

Representing a casual pronunciation.

Pronunciation

-a

/ə/