a suffix of adjectives used in scientific terminology, indicating:

1. of or relating to, as in sebaceous.
2. of the nature of, or similar to, as in cretaceous.
3. belonging to a scientific grouping, especially a botanic family, as in liliaceous, mimosaceous.
{New Latin -aceus, from Latin -āceus of a specific kind or group}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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