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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Variant of -aceous.
  • suffix An organism belonging to a taxonomic group: cetacean.

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  • suffix various organisms belonging to a taxonomic group

Etymologies

From New Latin -ācea, neuter pl. of -āceus, -aceous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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