See also: -inæ

Translingual edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Latin -īnae, feminine plural form of -īnus (-ine).

Suffix edit

-inae f pl

  1. (taxonomy) Used to form names of subfamilies of animals.
  2. (taxonomy) Used to form names of subtribes of plants, algae and fungi and viruses.

Usage notes edit

  • All derivations featuring this suffix are pluralia tantum, but were formally understood as adjectives modifying the Latin feminine plural nouns bestiae (beasts) or plantae; e.g. Felinae (cats) = bestiae felinae (feline beasts).
  • With the understanding that, for example, members of Fungi, Archaea, and Virus are neither beasts nor plants, the historical fiction has little contemporary relevance.

Derived terms edit

Latin edit

Suffix edit


  1. inflection of -īnus:
    1. nominative/vocative feminine plural
    2. genitive/dative feminine singular