Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-ine1

Forming adjectives.

[French -in, -ine, or from Latin -inus, sometimes derived from Greek -inos.]

This suffix appears in adjectives derived from Latin: asinine, clandestine, divine, feminine, genuine, marine, masculine, supine. It also appears in some adjectives from proper names or placenames: Levantine, Saturnine.

It also forms adjectives related to or formed from the taxonomic names of families, subfamilies, or genera: bovine (genus Bos, cattle), feline (family Felidae, the cats), colubrine, snake-like (family Colubridae).

Other examples are adjectives formed from the names of minerals, plants, and the like: coralline, crystalline, hyacinthine.

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