(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.

organosedimentary (adjective), more organosedimentary, most organosedimentary
A reference to substances that have been left by water and built up by the interaction of living organisms.
1. A receptacle for the bones of the dead; a bone-vault, charnel-house; a bone-urn.
2. A bone-cave, or deposit formed largely of bones, belonging to late geological times.
3. Of or for the deposit of the bones of the dead.
pecuniary (adjective), more pecuniary, most pecuniary
1. Of or pertaining to legal tender or money: Hank had pecuniary problems and so he couldn't pay his debts.
2. Consisting of or referring to wealth or monetary payments: Mark's creation of the great computer program resulted in his receiving an increase of his salary as a pecuniary reward.
3. With reference to a crime, violation, etc. that involves a financial penalty: There was a pecuniary fine for Jim because he hit a parked car and drove away without getting in touch with the owner.
4. Etymology: from Latin pecuniarius, "of, or pertaining to money"; derivative of pecunia, "property, money"; from pecu(s), "cattle"; derivative of pecu, "flock" or "herd".

The historical background of "money" or pecuniary terms.

In the nomadic period of Indo-European civilization, before money in precious metal or other compact symbols was thought of, a man's wealth was reckoned in flocks and herds.

The Latin "pecus" means "cattle", and the derivative "pecunia" originally meant, "property in cattle". As civilization advanced and wealth was represented by many things other than cattle, the old word was kept with the broader new meaning.

When "money" was invented and adopted as a measurement of wealth, the word "pecunia" took on the new meaning of "money". Derived from this was the adjective "pecuniarius", "relating to or consisting of money", from which English gives us pecuniary.

—Compiled from information located in
Picturesque Word Origins, published by G. & C. Merriam Company,
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; 1933; page 89.
A reward that is paid with money.
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A financial arrangement.
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Of or pertaining to the feet or walking.
penitentiary (s) (noun), penitentiaries (pl)
1. A reformatory prison; a house of correction: A penitentiary is intended for the penal and reformatory treatment of criminals.

Trina was sentenced to forty years in a federal penitentiary for the crime that she committed.
2. 2. In the U.S., the place of punishment in which convicts sentenced to confinement and hard labor are confined by the authority of the law: There are a number of penitentiaries located in the United States including the United States Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, the United States Penitentiary in California, and the United States Penitentiary in Virginia.

periaxillary (adjective) (not comparable)
Surrounding, around, or adjacent to the armpits: Neal went to the doctor to find out why he had periaxillary pains in both of his arms.
1. Around a capillary.
2. Surrounding capillaries.
Around a leaf margin.
perishable (adjective), more perishable, most perishable
Prone to decay or spoil: Fresh milk is perishable for sure, especially if it isn't put into the fridge immediately after returning from grocery shopping!
philoplutary (s) (noun), philoplutaries (pl)
A fondness for or a special love for wealth: In one of Dickens' stories, the main character was greatly engrossed in philoplutary and often ignored his relatives.
1. Of or relating to hair or a hair; hairy.
2. Covered with hairs; especially, fine soft ones.
1. Fishing privileges in another's waters.
2. A place for fishing.
plagiary (PLAY uh ree) (s) (noun), plagiaries (pl)
A person who purloins another's expressions or ideas, and offers them as his or her own: There are those who consider plagiary something that is done by literary thieves.

Adam was the only man who, when he said something good, knew that nobody else had ever said it before him and so he could not be accused of committing plagiary.

—Compiled from a statement made by Mark Twain.