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Chiefly in Semitic languages: a syllable, particle, etc., suffixed as a formative element.
Chiefly in Semitic languages: (of a syllable, particle, etc.) suffixed as a formative element.
Late 18th century. From post-classical Latin afformativus from classical Latin af-, variant of ad- + post-classical Latin formativus.
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