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Having the nature of; resembling: gaseous.
[Middle English, from Old French -eux, -eus (from Latin -ōsus) and from Latin -eus.]
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suffix forming adjectives
relating to or having the nature of: gaseous. Compare -ious
[from Latin -eus]
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an adjectival suffix with the meanings “composed of,” “resembling, having the nature of,” occurring in loanwords from Latin (igneous; vitreous); also, as a semantically neutral suffix, found on adjectives of diverse origin, sometimes with corresponding nouns ending in -ty2 (beauteous; courteous; homogeneous).
[< Latin -eus; see -ous]
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