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-ine1

Pronunciation: /ʌɪn, ɪn, iːn/

suffix

2Forming adjectives from the names of genera (such as bovine from the genus Bos) or from the names of subfamilies (such as colubrine from the subfamily Colubrinae).

Origin

from French -in, -ine, or from Latin -inus.

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-ine2

suffix

Origin

from Latin -inus, from Greek -inos.

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-ine3

Pronunciation: /ɪn, iːn/

suffix

Forming feminine nouns such as heroine, margravine.

Origin

from French, via Latin -ina from Greek -inē, or from German -in.

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-ine4

Pronunciation: /iːn, ɪn/

suffix

2 Chemistry Forming names of alkaloids, halogens, amines, amino acids, and other substances: cocaine chlorine thymine

Origin

from French, from the Latin feminine form -ina.

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