1. a suffix forming adjectives from nouns or stems not used as words themselves, meaning `relating or belonging to' (poetic, metallic, Homeric), found extensively in adjective nouns of a similar type (public, magic), and in nouns the adjectives of which end in -ical, (music, critic).

2. Chemistry a suffix showing that an element is present in a compound at a high valency; at least higher than when the suffix -ous is used.
{representing in part Greek -ikos; often Latin -icus; sometimes French -ique}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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