-an, -ane

(Latin: a suffix that forms nouns; pertaining to, like; connected with, belonging to, resembling)


American
amphibian
A cold-blooded vertebrate that spends some time on land but must breed and develop into an adult in water. Frogs, salamanders, and toads are amphibians.
An example of an amphibian.
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Chicagoan
crustacean
Cuban
cygnean
diluvian (adjective), more diluvian, most diluvian
That which is relating to, or produced by a torrent: The diluvian aftermath was particularly devastating for the villages in the lowlands along the river.

Fred and Athena experienced the most diluvian destruction of their home because of the recent heavy rain.

dipteran
equestrian
European
formican
1. Pertaining to, or referring to, an ant.
2. Resembling: an ant.
gephyrean
heliozoan
A free-living, usually freshwater, protozoan that has a spherical shell and radiating projections.

Heliozoa, or sun animalcules, are roughly spherical amoeboids with many stiff, microtubule-supported projections called axopods radiating outward from the cell surface.

These give them the characteristic sun-like appearance for which they are named, and are variously used for capturing food, sensation, movement, and attachment. They may be found in both fresh water and marine environments.

human (s) (noun), humans (pl)
1. The form, nature, or qualities that are typical of people.
2. Essentially a classifying term relating to members of the genus Homo and especially of the species Homo sapiens: A human is a bi pedaling primate using a language and having the ability to make and to use complex tools.
3. Etymology: from Old French humain from Latin humanus.

Like homo, "person" (man, woman, child), this was related to Latin humus, "earth", and was used originally for "people" in the sense of "earthly beings" in contrast with the immortal gods.

hypogean
A plant that lives primarily beneath the surface of the ground, or that germinates with the cotyledons remaining in the soil; such as the peanut or oak.