One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(forming adjectives) belonging to; resembling in nature.‘Alpine’‘canine’
2Forming adjectives from taxonomic names (such as bovine from the genus Bos)
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 common nouns and proper names such as heroine, Josephine.
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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