-ous, -ious, -eous

(Latin: full of or having the qualities of; in chemistry, a suffix denoting that the element indicated by the name bearing it, has a valence lower than that denoted by the termination -ic; as, nitrous, sulphurous, etc., as contrasted with nitric, sulphuric, etc.)

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abdominous (adjective); more abdominous, most abdominous
Regarding an individual who has a big belly: One of the characters in the story Albert was reading was portrayed as being abdominous, or overly corpulent and fat, and hardly fit into his trousers!
abiogenous (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to the coming into existence without springing from previous living beings: There are those who claim that abiogenous creatures were produced spontaneously without any previous living ancestors.
A congenital reduction of the eyelids (partial or complete).
abstemious (adjective); more abstemious, most abstemious
1. Relating to moderateness when eating and drinking; sober, temperate: Ted's family ate abstemious meals in order to cut down on their overweight conditions.

Abstemious people restrict themselves to the bare necessities of life and prefer an austere, simple, or unassuming lifestyle.

2. Etymology: abs-, ab-, "from, away from" + temetum, "intoxicating drink, mead, wine".
Moderate and sparing in the use of food and drink; being temperate.
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Bearing prickles or spines; having spinous processes.
Pertaining to or caused by an acanthocephalan worm.
Any plant having thorny branches or relating to such a plant.
Bearing, or having, spines.
In botany, relating to or designating a spiny, prickly plant part.
In invertebrate zoology, overlaid with two series of spines.
acarocolous (adjective), more acarocolous, most acarocolous

A reference to mites and ticks that infest various areas in nature.

  • There are several acarocolous species that are too small to be seen without the use of some form of magnifying instrument and they abound in almost every habitat where they scavenge on waste materials, prey on other tiny invertebrates, or live as parasites on many larger species of life.
  • Some acarocolous mites are harmless as they exist in skin follicles, feathers, or fur; while others cause diseases or allergies.
  • The acarocolous ticks are blood-suckers and spread disease-causing microbes in animals.
—Source: Smithsonian Natural History, page 262.
acarophilous (adjective), more acarophilous, most acarophilous
A reference to living in union with mites: The acarophilous relationships involve the very small insects that live in foods, on plants, or on animals; including humans.