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

  • suffix Of or relating to: Benedictine.
  • suffix Made of; resembling: opaline.
  • suffix A chemical substance, especially:
  • suffix Halogen: bromine.
  • suffix Basic compound: amine.
  • suffix Alkaloid: quinine.
  • suffix Amino acid: glycine.
  • suffix A mixture of compounds: gasoline.
  • suffix Commercial material: glassine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix of or pertaining to, like: asinine; marine.
  • suffix Used to form names of basic substances or halogens
  • suffix feminine nouns: heroine.
  • suffix given names or titles: Clementine, landgravine.
  • suffix commercial material: glassine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A suffix, indicating that those substances of whose names it is a part are basic, in their nature, i.e. contain a basic nitrogen group.
  • A suffix, formerly used to indicate hydrocarbons of the second degree of unsaturation; i. e., members of the acetyline series; but now superseded by the ending -yne, as in propyne.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English form of eyen, former plural of eye.
  • See -in.
  • See -in.


Middle English -in, -ine, from Old French, from Latin -īnus, -īna, adj. suff., and from Latin -inus, adj. suff. (from Greek -inos).
Ultimately from Latin -īnus and -inus, adj. suffixes; see -ine1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English -ine, from Old French -ine, from Latin -īnus, from Ancient Greek ινος (-inos). More at -en. (Wiktionary)


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