-al

-al [əl, 'l]
[Fr -al, -el < L -alis] suffix
1. forming adjectives of, like, or suitable for [peroneal, hysterical, theatrical]
2. [ME -aile < OFr -alle < L -alia, neut. pl. of -alis] forming nouns the act or process of ____ing [rehearsal, reversal]
3. [< AL(DEHYDE)] forming nounsChem.
a) an aldehyde [furfural]
b) a barbiturate [barbital]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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