a noun suffix having restricted application in various fields, as in names of diseases (malaria; anemia), place names (Italia; Rumania), names of Roman feasts (Lupercalia), Latin or Latinizing plurals (Amphibia; insignia; Reptilia), and in other loanwords from Latin (militia).
[ < NL, L, Gk, equiv. to -i- (formative or connective) or -i- (Gk -ei-) + -a, fem. sing. or neut. pl. n. or adj. ending]

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