a plural suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek: Hyades.
var. of -s 2
in verbs ending in s, z, ch, sh,
or post-consonantal y: passes; buzzes; pitches; dashes; studies.
var. of -s 3
in nouns ending in s, z, ch, sh,
or post-consonantal y,
and in nouns in f
in the plural: losses; fuzzes; riches; ashes; babies; sheaves.
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