See also: -inæ


Alternative formsEdit


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


-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 notesEdit

  • 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 termsEdit




  1. nominative feminine plural of -īnus
  2. genitive feminine singular of -īnus
  3. dative feminine singular of -īnus
  4. vocative feminine plural of -īnus