Definition of -ae in English:

-ae

Syllabification: -ae

suffix

  • Forming plural nouns:
  • 1Used in names of animal and plant families and other groups: Felidae Gymnospermae
  • 2Used instead of -as in the plural of many nonnaturalized or unfamiliar nouns ending in -a derived from Latin or Greek: alumnae larvae

Origin

representing Latin plural, or the Greek plural ending -ai of some nouns.

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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody