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a combining form meaning “cavity,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, cele-, coele-.
Origin of coel-
combining form representing Greek koîlos hollow; akin to cave


variant of coel- as final element of a compound word:
Also, -cele, -coel. Unabridged
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  • This king seems to be the same as the hero of the old popular ditty, "Old king coel was a merry old soul," &c.

  • Arthwys son of Ceneu ab coel was too early for the battle of Cattraeth.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • After his decease, Constantius himself was crowned, and married the daughter of coel, whose name was Helena.

  • Talhaiarn was a descendant of coel Godebog, and chaplain to Ambrosius.

  • Not a very large kingdom this, but even as small as it was, King coel did not hold it in undisputed sway.

    Historic Girls E. S. Brooks
  • The three hours' grace allowed had scarcely expired when his sentry announced the arrival of the envoy of coel of Britain.

    Historic Girls E. S. Brooks
  • Some say that she was an innkeeper's daughter, others that her father was a powerful British prince, Coilus or coel.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The month after coel was seized with a very great sickness, of which he died within eight days.

  • At a short distance from coel was the fortress of Alighur, which was considered to be almost impregnable.

  • About half of these were with Scindia in the Deccan, and the force encamped at coel numbered about twenty thousand.

British Dictionary definitions for coel


indicating a cavity within a body or a hollow organ or part: coelacanth, coelenterate, coelenteron
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek koilos hollow
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