<suffix>

1. A suffix used to form the plural of nouns from Latin ending in -us or from Italian ending in -e or -o (foci; dilettanti; timpani).

Plurals in -s or -es are often also possible when the word is well established in English, e.g. cactus, plural cacti or cactuses.

2. A suffix used to form adjectives from names of countries or regions in the Near or Middle East (Israeli; Pakistani).

Origin: adjectival suffix in Semitic and Indo-Iranian languages

(06 Feb 2009)

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<prefix>

A prefix of obscure meaning, originally used with verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and pronouns. In the Middle English period, it was little employed except with verbs, being chiefly used with past participles, though occasionally with the infinitive. Ycleped, or yclept, is perhaps the only word not entirely obsolete which shows this use.

Some examples of Chaucer's use of this prefix are; ibe, ibeen, icaught, ycome, ydo, idoon, ygo, iproved, ywrought. It inough, enough, it is combined with an adjective.

(05 Feb 2009)

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