-aceous, -acea, -aceae, -aceaen, -aceus

(Latin: a suffix; having the quality of, of the nature of, characterized by, belonging to, resembling)

There are hunderds of words that utilize the -aceous suffix which are not shown here; however, the following will present important examples.

A suffix that forms adjectives and is used with technical combinations, especially in biological terms: "pertaining or belonging to, of the nature of, or characterized by; to be full of, to possess abundantly". The suffix -acea usually denotes "orders and classes in zoology" while the suffix -aceae usually denotes "orders and families in botany" and -aceaen is used to denote members of "orders of the animal kingdom".

acanthaceous
Bearing prickles or spines; having spinous processes.
-aceous
A suffix that forms adjectives and is used with technical combinations, especially in biological terms: "pertaining or belonging to, of the nature of, or characterized by; to be full of, to possess abundantly".
alliaceous (adjective), more alliaceous, most alliaceous
1. Of or pertaining to the botanical genus Allium, including garlic, onions, leeks, etc.: Jeremy was growing a lot of alliaceous plants in his garden so he would have a good supply of garlic bulbs and onions available for meals during the winter.
2. Having the strong odor or taste of garlic and onions: There are some people who get hungry when they smell alliaceous scents coming from frying onions and/or garlic while there are others who cannot endure the alliaceous odors.
Oder of garlic, onions, or leeks.
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ampullaceous
1. Like a bottle or inflated bladder; bottle-shaped; swelling.
2. One of the peculiar cavities in the tissues of sponges, containing the zooidal cells.
amygdalaceous
amylaceous
apiaceous
arboraceous
1. Abounding in trees.
2. A reference to a tree-like or wooded characteristic.
arenarious (adjective), more arenarious, most arenarious
1. A description of rocks or deposits that are composed of substances like found on beaches.
2. A reference to plants that grow best in sandy soil; such as, arenarious plants that grow in sand.
argillaceous
1. Of the nature of clay; largely composed of clay.
2. Consisting of sediment or sedimentary rock.
3. Largely composed of, or containing, clay mineral or clay-size particles.
asteroid belt
The region of the solar system between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, where most of the asteroids orbit.
bibacious
1. Fond of drinking.
2. Addicted to drinking; disposed to imbibe.
bulbaceous
Producing or growing from bulbs.
butyraceous
Buttery in consistency; containing, having properties of, or resembling butter.
capacious (kuh PAY shuhs) (adjective), more capacious, most capacious
1. A reference to that which can contain a large amount or quantity; roomy and spacious or large in area: James likes a jacket with more capacious pockets so he can stuff a lot of things into them.
2. Etymology: from Latin capax, capac-; from capere, "to take".
Conveying the idea that something is roomy and spacious.
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A reference to something that is able to contain a large quantity or has plenty of room for someone.
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Also see this closely related -eous suffix unit.