(Latin: a suffix; a person who, a place where, a thing which, or pertaining to; connected with; having the character of; apparatus)

The following examples of this suffix represent a very small number of those that exist in other parts of this lexicon.

rosary (s) (noun), rosaries (pl)
1. A garden of roses or similar rose-colored flowers.
2. A set of small beads used primarily by Roman Catholics for counting a series of prayers.
rudimentary (adjective), more rudimentary, most rudimentary
1. Basic or simple: Because Aurora's cousin had lived for only a year in France, his knowledge of the nuances of the local language was rudimentary or undeveloped and lacking in proper usage.
2. Not very developed or advanced: Marina's rudimentary knowledge and experience with computer programs limited her ability to achieve very much with her web site.
3. Primitive: The villagers in the remote jungle were engaged in a rudimentary dance to celebrate the change of the seasons.
Elementary or basic.
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1. A fixed periodic payment for work done.
2. A fixed annual sum, paid at regular intervals, usually monthly or weekly, to an employee; especially, for professional or clerical work.
3. Etymology: from Anglo-French salarie, Old French salarie, from Latin salarium, "salary, stipend"; originally, "a soldier's allowance for buying salt" that was a valued commodity over which many wars were fought; from Latin salarius, "pertaining to salt"; from sal, salis, "salt".
1. Of, relating to, or producing saliva.
2. Of or relating to a salivary gland.
3. Relating to saliva or the glands that secrete it; especially, producing or carrying saliva.
4. Pertaining to or existing in the saliva or salivary glands.

The salivary glands produce saliva, which keeps the mouth and other parts of the digestive system moist. It also helps break down carbohydrates (with salivary amylase, formerly known as ptyalin) and lubricates the passage of food down from the oro-pharynx to the esophagus to the stomach.

There are three main pairs of salivary glands: the parotid, the submandibular and the sublingual glands. There are also many small glands in the tongue, cheeks, lips and palate, all of which consist entirely of mucous secreting cells.

Relating to sanctions:
  • Official permission or approval for a course of action; such as, unable to proceed without the sanction of the board.
  • Something that serves as approval or encouragement; for example, social acceptance or custom.
  • A law or rule that leads to a penalty being imposed when it is disobeyed.
  • A punishment imposed as a result of breaking a law or rule.
  • A measure taken by one or more nations to apply pressure on another nation to conform to international law or opinion; such as, imposed trade sanctions.
  • An ethical principle or consideration that determines or influences someone's conduct.
sanctuary (s) (noun), sanctuaries (pl)
1. A building or holy place set apart for the worship of God or of one or more divinities: Examples of sanctuaries include the Christian church, the Jewish temple and the Mosaic tabernacle, a heathen temple or site of local worship, and the like; also figuratively, the church or body of believers.
2. An area of land or a building specified for wild animals or plants where they are protected from hunting or maltreatment and encouraged to breed or to grow: Judy loved to go to the bird sanctuary close to her home where she could listen to and view all the different kinds of birds where they were safeguarded from danger and pollution.
3. Etymology or origin: from Latin sanctimonia, "sacredness" from sanctus, "holy."
A shelter or refuge devoted to the protection of animals.
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An area where wild animals are supposed to be safe from harm.
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sanguinary (adjective), more sanguinary, most sanguinary
1. Full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody: There was a sanguinary struggle when a woman was attacked in her apartment by a killer and she was able to get his gun when he put it down on a table and killed him while he was beating her.
2. Accompanied by bloodshed: There was a sanguinary boxing match which was very violent.
Bloody, bloodshed.
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3. Eager for bloodshed; bloodthirsty: There were sanguinary attacks on cattle by vampire bats that were gorging for the red fluid in the veins of the cows and bulls.
A patient can't remember having amnesia.
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secondary (adjective)
1. Relating to the education of students who have completed primary or elementary school: "Secondary school refers to junior high school and the high school.
2. Not as important or valuable as something else: "That new problem is secondary to the one now facing the students."

"Jayne's health is the most important consideration while the cost of the treatment is of secondary importance."

"Jodie was working at an extra job as a secondary source of income."

"Elma wants another car that's reliable, the color is of secondary consideration."

secretary (s) (noun), secretaries (pl)
1. Someone who does general clerical and administrative work such as word-processing, filing, and arranging appointments for an individual or an organization; someone who is entrusted with secrets; a confidential officer.
2. In the United States, an official who advises the President in various fields and who is selected by the President and is in charge of a particular department of the government; such as, Attorney General, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Interior, Secretary of Treasury, Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Is anyone missing?
3. Etymology: "a person entrusted with secrets", from Medieval Latin secretarius, "clerk, notary, confidential officer, confidant"; from Latin secretum, "a secret".

The meaning, "a person who keeps records, writes letters, etc."; originally, for a king, was first recorded in about 1400.

sedentary (adjective), more sedentary, most sedentary
1. A reference to requiring a continual sitting position and not moving around: Providing information with a computer is usually a sedentary job.
2. Accustomed or addicted to sitting still; not in the habit of taking physical exercise: The unhealthy conditions of some of the employees were caused by the sedentary lifestyles of their jobs and so the company made efforts to have the workers take breaks and to participate in their newly established fitness center.
3. Inhabiting the same region through life; not migratory: There are many forms of life which are naturally sedentary or confined to one spot during their existence and are not locomotory or moving around; such as, sea corals, oysters, and all kinds of plants.
Requiring much sitting and taking very little exercise.
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Sitting as a requirement as part of one's job and not moving around very often.
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sedimentary (adjective), more sedimentary, most sedimentary
Relating to liquids that contain material that forms and sinks or settles to the bottom of a liquid.