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[ahy-nuh] /ˈaɪ nə/

a female given name.
a suffix used in the formation of nouns of various types, especially female proper names, musical instruments, compositions, etc.:
Wilhelmina; sonatina.
Compare 2 , 2 .
a suffix used in taxonomic names in biology:
Euglenoidina; Nemertina.

fem. suffix in titles and names, from Latin -ina.


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