Meaning of -IA in English




1. forming abstract nouns (mania; utopia), often in Med. (anaemia; pneumonia).

2 Bot. forming names of classes and genera (dahlia; fuchsia).

3 forming names of countries (Australia; India).

Etymology: from or after L & Gk 2.

suffix forming plural nouns or the plural of nouns:

1. from Greek in -ion or Latin in -ium (paraphernalia; regalia; amnia; labia).

2 Zool. the names of groups (Mammalia).

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.