Definition of -ae in English:

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-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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Syllabification: -ae

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