-án

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • -eán (slender variant)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish -án, from Primitive Irish *-ᚐᚌᚅᚐᚄ ‎(*-agnas).

Suffix[edit]

-án m

  1. A suffix used to derive instruments, diminutives, and other nouns from primary nouns.
Usage notes[edit]

This suffix is productive in Modern Irish. It forms masculine nouns of the first declension. It was originally a diminutive, but in Modern Irish only a few words with this suffix can be considered diminutives.

Etymology 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-án m

  1. (chemistry) -ane

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