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In the writing system of the ancient Maya: an affix positioned below the main sign.
1with object To fix on or attach below or to the end of something else; to append. Now rare.
2with object (Chiefly in pass.). In the writing system of the ancient Maya: to attach as a subfix: see subfix.
Late 18th century (in an earlier sense). Probably partly an alteration of suffix after sub-, and partly from sub- + -fix. Compare earlier subfix<br>late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Baker. Either from classical Latin subfix-, suffix-, past participial stem of subfīgere, suffīgere, or from sub- + fix.
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