-ean

-ean

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

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

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-an, -ean or -ian
 
suffix
1.  (forming adjectives and nouns) belonging to or relating to; a person belonging to or coming from: European
2.  (forming adjectives and nouns) typical of or resembling; a person typical of: Elizabethan
3.  (forming adjectives and nouns) adhering to or following; an adherent of: Christian
4.  (forming nouns) a person who specializes or is expert in: dietitian; phonetician
 
[from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives]
 
-ean, -ean or -ian
 
suffix
 
[from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives]
 
-ian, -ean or -ian
 
suffix
 
[from Latin -ānus, suffix of adjectives]

-ean
 
suffix forming adjectives
a variant of -an : Caesarean

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