-ule

-ule

a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, originally diminutive nouns (capsule; globule; nodule ) or noun derivatives of verbs (ligule ).

Origin:
< French < Latin -ulus, -ula, -ulum diminutive formative with nouns of the 1st and 2nd declensions ≪ *-el- (cf. -cle1, -elle, -ole1); the deverbal suffix -ulus, etc. (cf. cingulum, tumulus) is of distinct orig.

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-ule
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating smallness: globule
 
[from Latin -ulus, diminutive suffix]

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-ule
suffix meaning "small, little" (capsule, module, etc.), from Fr. -ule, from L. diminutive suffix -ulus (fem. -ula, neut. -ulum).
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