-alha

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian -aglia, from Latin -ālia, accusative neuter plural of -ālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈa.ʎa/, /ˈa.ʎɐ/

Suffix[edit]

-alha f (plural -alhas)

  1. Forms feminine collective pejorative nouns.
    gente (people) + ‎-alha → ‎gentalha (rabble)
    criança (child) + ‎-alha → ‎criançalha (children behaving inappropriately)
    miúça (worthless object) + ‎-alha → ‎miuçalha (bunch of worthless objects)

Usage notes[edit]

Also found in loanwords from Italian containing -aglia and words derived from Latin containing -ālia.

Derived terms[edit]