Main definitions of -ine in English

: -ine1-ine2-ine3-ine4

-ine1

suffix

  • 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).

Origin

From French -in, -ine, or from Latin -inus.

Pronunciation

-ine

/ʌɪn//ɪn//iːn/

Main definitions of -ine in English

: -ine1-ine2-ine3-ine4

-ine2

suffix

  • Forming adjectives from the names of minerals, plants, etc.

    ‘crystalline’
    ‘hyacinthine’

Origin

From Latin -inus, from Greek -inos.

Pronunciation

-ine

/ʌɪn/

Main definitions of -ine in English

: -ine1-ine2-ine3-ine4

-ine3

suffix

  • Forming feminine nouns such as heroine, margravine.

Origin

From French, via Latin -ina from Greek -inē, or from German -in.

Pronunciation

-ine

/ɪn//iːn/

Main definitions of -ine in English

: -ine1-ine2-ine3-ine4

-ine4

suffix

  • 1Forming chiefly abstract nouns and diminutives such as doctrine, medicine, figurine.

  • 2Chemistry
    Forming names of alkaloids, halogens, amines, amino acids, and other substances.

    ‘cocaine’
    ‘chlorine’
    ‘thymine’

Origin

From French, from the Latin feminine form -ina.

Pronunciation

-ine

/iːn//ɪn/