Main meanings of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a1

Pronunciation /?/

suffix

  • 1Forming ancient or Latinized modern names of animals and plants.

    • ‘primula’
  • 2Forming names of oxides.

    • ‘baryta’
  • 3Forming geographical names.

    • ‘Africa’
  • 4Forming ancient or Latinized modern feminine forenames.

    • ‘Lydia’
  • 5Forming nouns from Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

    ‘duenna’
    • ‘stanza’

Origin

Representing a Greek, Latin, or Romance feminine singular.

Main meanings of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a2

Pronunciation /?/

suffix

  • 1Forming plural nouns from Greek or Latin neuter plurals corresponding to a singular in -um or -on (such as addenda, phenomena).

  • 2Forming plural nouns in names (often from modern Latin) of zoological groups.

    • ‘Insectivora’

Main meanings of -a in English

: -a1-a2-a3

-a3

Pronunciation /?/

suffix

informal
  • 1Of.

    • ‘coupla’
  • 2Have.

    • ‘mighta’
  • 3To.

    • ‘oughta’

Origin

Representing a casual pronunciation.

Pronunciation

-a

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