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a suffix used as a formative in taxonomic names, especially genus names of bacteria:
chorella; pasteurella; salmonella.
Origin of -ella
< New Latin, Latin, feminine of -ellus; see -elle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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diminutive word-forming element, from Latin -ella, fem. of -ellus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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