-a

-a1
suffix forming:
1》 ancient or Latinized modern names of animals and plants: primula.
2》 names of oxides: baryta.
3》 geographical names: Africa.
4》 ancient or Latinized modern feminine forenames: Lydia.
5》 nouns from Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish: stanza.
Origin
representing a Gk, L., or Romance feminine singular
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-a2
suffix forming plural nouns:
1》 from Greek or Latin neuter plurals corresponding to a singular in -um or -on (such as addenda, phenomena).
2》 in names (often from modern Latin) of zoological groups: Insectivora.
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-a3
suffix informal
1》 of: coupla.
2》 have: mighta.
3》 to: oughta.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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