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-a1

1.
a plural ending of nouns borrowed from Greek and Latin:
phenomena; criteria; data; errata; genera.

-a2

1.
a feminine singular ending of nouns borrowed from Latin and Greek, also used in Neo-Latin coinages to Latinize bases of any origin, and as a Latin substitute for the feminine ending - ē of Greek words:
anabaena; cinchona; pachysandra.

-a3

1.
an ending of personal names forming feminines from masculines:
Georgia; Roberta.
Origin
< L feminine -a (see -a2), as Claudia, feminine of Claudius

-a4

1.
a suffix designating the oxide of the chemical element denoted by the stem:
alumina; ceria; thoria.
Origin
probably generalized from the -a of magnesia
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