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See also: -inæ


Alternative forms[edit]


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 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]




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