From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
AE \[AE]\ or Ae \Ae\ A diphthong in the Latin language; used also by the Saxon writers. It corresponds to the Gr. ai. The Anglo-Saxon short [ae] was generally replaced by a, the long [=ae] by e or ee. In derivatives from Latin words with ae, it is mostly superseded by e. For most words found with this initial combination, the reader will therefore search under the letter E.
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