(Greek > Latin: a suffix that is used to form hundreds of words that mean: similar to, resembling, like, characterized by, or of the nature of)

This element is also utilized to form abstract nouns; feminine common nouns; and it is used in chemistry to form names of alkaloids and bases or names of elements.

Having the characteristics of absinth; bitter.
acanthine (adjective), more acanthine; most acanthine
Pertaining to the Acanthus plants: Jane viewed a photo of the thorny, prickly and spiny acanthine flora which was native to warm and tropical regions and whose flowers produced nectar attracting butterflies.

In popular use, the name is chiefly native to the shores of the Mediterranean, and cultivated in England, and is celebrated among the Greeks and Romans for the elegance of its leaves.

acarine (s) (noun), acarines (pl)
A member of the order Acari: Jill learned in her biology class at school that mites and ticks were arachnids and also termed acarines.
accipitrine (adjective), more accipitrine, most accipitrine
A reference to hawks and eagles: Accipitrine birds include those of prey, which are active during the day, the New World vultures, the osprey, but not the falcons.
Denoting members of the protozoan suborder Acephalina (order Eugregarinida), characterized by simple noncompartmentalized bodies, that parasitize invertebrates.
Of the form or appearance of little heaps.
A reference to sturgeons included in the family Acipenseridae that consists of large (1 to 5.5 meters) freshwater or anadromous fishes that are widespread in the northern hemisphere.

They have spindle-shaped bodies bearing rows of large bony scutes [external-bony scales]; mouth protrusible; teeth absent in adults; swim bladder large; contains twenty-five species, some exploited commercially; eggs marketed as caviar.

adamantine (adjective), more adamantine, most adamantine
1. Pertaining to or resembling an adamant, a legendary stone thought to be impenetrable: The ring that Joe bought his wife had an adamantine luster, like a diamond.

When Grace was at her dentist's office, he used some dental enamel when repairing her teeth and it had a very adamantine quality of being extremely hard and unbreakable.
2. Characterized as unyielding, inflexible; resolute: Jim's teacher was quite insistent and required, with adamantine discipline, that her students perform to their best ability in class and do their homework regularly.

adulterine (adjective), more adulterine, most adulterine
1. Characterized by making something impure, spurious, or inferior by adding extraneous or improper ingredients.
2. A reference to something that is illegal or unauthorized by law: Adulterine activities that take place between a married person and a partner other than one's lawful spouse.
aedine: mosquito
Like the mosquito of the genus AƤdes that transmits diseases such as yellow fever and dengue.
Having the appearance of agate; of the nature of agate.
Of or resembling alabaster.
alaudine: larks
1. Having the characteristics of skylarks.
2. Larks, are members of the family Alaudidae which consists of about eighty species of small terrestrial passerine birds found worldwide in open barren areas and on shores.

They are gregarious, migratory, feed on invertebrates, and nest alone on the ground.

alcelaphine: antelopes
Similar to or like antelopes.
alci(di)ne: seabirds
1. Similar to auks and puffins.
2. The Alcidae family consists of twenty-three species of diving seabirds found in the northern hemisphere; wings short and rounded offering poor flight but efficient underwater swimming.

They are gregarious, migratory, and feed mostly on fish and crustaceans.