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  1. Marks singular nouns, with a foundation in Greek or Latin, often implying femininity, especially when contrasted with words terminating in -us.
  2. Marks nouns, with a foundation in Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese, implying femininity.

Compare -eau, where the English was deleted because it's not an English suffix, just some loanwords from French end in -eau. I find these two a little unclear anyway. For example, the example for the second one is stanza, that's a direct loan from Italian rather than stanz +‎ -a, also I don't see how it implies femininity. If it means the original Italian noun is feminine, then yes, but that's not relevant to the English definition. Mglovesfun (talk) 20:16, 7 October 2012 (UTC)

In names it can imply femininity and is often used to create a feminine name from a masculine one. --WikiTiki89 (talk) 07:05, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Why don't we have this (or similar endings) as suffices in the Latin namespace? Furius (talk) 07:05, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Kept for lack of consensus to delete. bd2412 T 21:13, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps we should be more specific about its use in creating female names like Kyla. Equinox 18:28, 4 July 2016 (UTC)