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definition of the word -ium

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From Latin -um (neuter singular morphological suffix), based on Latin terms for metals, such as ferrum.

-ium

  1. Used to form the names of metal elements, after the style of early-named elements like


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-ium n, genitive -ii

  1. Suffix used to form nouns, sometimes having the sense of bigger or more complicated.
    auditor - auditorium
    castellum (castle) - castilium (fortified city)
  2. (New Latin) Suffix appended to form names of chemical elements.
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