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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From of a (as in half-a-crown) or of (as in jack-a-napes from Middle English Jak of Naples). Some terms have fully incorporated the use, as ragamuffin and jackanape(s); others arise from mistaken assimilation to the form, as all-a-gog and cock-a-leekie.

InfixEdit

-a-

  1. Connective infix used in forming compounds, often no longer carrying a distinct meaning.
SynonymsEdit
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From earlier a (attested by the 14th c.), as a contraction of and and its various Middle English forms.

ConjunctionEdit

-a-

  1. And
    • 1746, Exmoor Scolding 3rd ed., 81
      Chem a laced well-a-fine aread
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From French à (various prepositions) and related prepositions in other Romance languages. Also from related misunderstandings, as all-a-mort from French à la morte.

Alternative formsEdit

InfixEdit

-a-

  1. Connective infix encountered in loanwords and phrases, generally no longer carrying a distinct meaning.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

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InfixEdit

-a-

  1. (chemistry) Replacing carbon especially in a ring.

Etymology 5Edit

The vowel of rat

InfixEdit

-a-

  1. (pharmacology) A monoclonal antibody derived from a rat.
Related termsEdit
  • -mab is the base suffix common to all monoclonal antibodies

ReferencesEdit

  • USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names, U.S. Pharmacopeia, 2000

ChichewaEdit

PrefixEdit

-a-

  1. Forms the past perfect tense in verbs.

Usage notesEdit

This contrasts with the simple past, -na-/-da-, which does not imply completion.


HungarianEdit

InterfixEdit

-a-

  1. A suffix-initial vowel (or linking vowel) inserted interconsonantally between the word stem and the suffix, to ease pronunciation, without contributing to the meaning.
    fiatal (young) + ‎-a- + -bb → ‎fiatalabb (younger)

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