an element used to form adjectives from nouns ending in -ea:, crustacean.

< Latin (us) (Greek -eios), -ae(us) (Greek -aios), -e(us) + -an

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suffix forming adjectives
a variant of -an : Caesarean

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variant of -an after names ending in -ea, -es, -eus.
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