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The suffix on (ikon)

The suffix on forms neuter nouns that have plural forms in a (–on/–a). It is infrequently used to form technical and scientific terms.

Derivation type:

Adjective to noun

analog + on = Analogon
paradox Paradoxon
ethnisch Ethnikon
All derivations

  • Variant ikon:
    When an adjective ends in isch, the ending isch is deleted, and the suffix is replaced by the variant ikon:
    erotisch + on = Erotikon
    proklitisch Proklitikon
(See also Neoclassical wordformation, suffix on)

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