One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
Representing a Greek, Latin, or Romance feminine singular.
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’
Representing a casual pronunciation.
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