There are 3 main definitions of -a in English:

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suffix

Forming:
1Ancient or Latinized modern names of animals and plants: primula
2Names of oxides: baryta
3Geographical names: Africa
4Ancient or Latinized modern feminine forenames: Lydia
5Nouns from Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish: duenna stanza

Origin

Representing a Greek, Latin, or Romance feminine singular.

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Syllabification: -a

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suffix

Forming plural nouns:
1From Greek or Latin neuter plurals corresponding to a singular in -um or -on (such as addenda, phenomena).
2In names (often from modern Latin) of zoological groups: Protista Insectivora

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Syllabification: -a

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suffix

informal
1Of: coupla
2Have: mighta
3To: oughta

Origin

Representing a casual pronunciation.

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Syllabification: -a

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