-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".
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.
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2. One of the peculiar cavities in the tissues of sponges, containing the zooidal cells.
2. A reference to a tree-like or wooded characteristic.
2. A reference to plants that grow best in sandy soil; such as, arenarious plants that grow in sand.
2. Consisting of sediment or sedimentary rock.
3. Largely composed of, or containing, clay mineral or clay-size particles.
2. Addicted to drinking; disposed to imbibe.
2. Etymology: from Latin capax, capac-; from capere, "to take".