-ata

-ata

1
a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, forming nouns used especially in names of zoological groups: Vertebrata.

Origin:
< Latin, neuter plural of -ātus -ate1, originally adj. in Latin, then substantivized in NL.

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-ata

2
a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek: stomata.

Origin:
< Greek t-stems, -mata result of, state of, act of; cf. -ment

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