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Etymology of the suffix -ino

I don't speak Italian, but if I'm not mistaken, -ino is both a diminutive (e.g. ragazzo ‘boy’ – ragazzino ‘little boy’) and a suffix that creates nationality names (e. g. tunisino means 'Tunisian'). ...
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insalata, vegetale e insalata, piatto

In Italiano una classe di vegetali a foglia, commestibili, viene denominata insalata, cosí come viene denominata insalata una classe di piatti in cui spesso, ma non necessariamente (insalata russa, ...
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How to remember "capo" in figurative sense?

I am confused by the word "capo". In its first meaning it is the "leader" or "captain" but there seems to be a figurative sense as in this expression: "E un capo ...
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Il termine "agata" può significare qualcosa fatta con l'ago?

Nel romanzo Il sarto della stradalunga, di Giuseppe Bonaviri, ho letto:       Sino allora non sappiamo se il mondo esterno esiste, ma quando ci sediamo per rifinire a furia d'agate ...
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Homographs generated by prefixes: how to disambiguate?

There are some cases where the addition of a prefix can generate a homograph and therefore ambiguity is introduced. Consider the verb sentirsi (to feel, but also to get/keep in touch): Si sentiranno ...
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Usage of accented vowels in words that have same spelling but different meaning

Is it mandatory to write accented vowels to differentiate words that are written in the same way but that have different meanings? For example is it correct to write: Ieri ho mangiato una pesca Oggi ...
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What is the difference between «utènsile» and «utensìle»?

What is the difference between utènsile and utensìle? What is their proper usage?
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