-a

I
aff. a plural ending of nouns borrowed from Greek and Latin:

phenomena; criteria; data

II
-a
cvb aff. a feminine singular ending of nouns borrowed from Latin and Greek, also used in New Latin coinages to Latinize bases of any origin, and as a Latin substitute for the feminine ending -ē of Greek words:

cinchona; pachysandra

III
-a
cvb aff. a suffix occurring in the names of oxides of the chemical element denoted by the stem:

alumina; thoria

Etymology: prob. < -a of magnesia

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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