One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(forming adjectives) belonging to; resembling in nature.‘Alpine’‘asinine’‘canine’
2Forming adjectives from the names of genera (such as bovine from the genus Bos) or from the names of subfamilies (such as colubrine from the subfamily Colubrinae).
From French -in, -ine, or from Latin -inus.
Forming adjectives from the names of minerals, plants, etc.‘crystalline’‘hyacinthine’
From Latin -inus, from Greek -inos.
Forming feminine nouns such as heroine, margravine.
From French, via Latin -ina from Greek -inē, or from German -in.
1Forming chiefly abstract nouns and diminutives such as doctrine, medicine, figurine.
Forming names of alkaloids, halogens, amines, amino acids, and other substances.‘cocaine’‘chlorine’‘thymine’
From French, from the Latin feminine form -ina.
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