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From Arabic يات (-iyyāt), feminine plural of the derivational suffix ي (-iyy), whence Maltese -i. Natively used with nouns in -ija, then probably first extended to Sicilian borrowings in -i and finally also to consonant-final borrowings.
- a common plural suffix for nouns
- used with native nouns in -ija as well as some borrowings with this ending (most Romance words have -iji instead)
- used with borrowed nouns in -i or consonants