cule

-cule

1
variant of -cle1: animalcule; molecule; reticule.

Origin:
(< F) < Latin -culus, -cula, -culum; see -cle1

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-cule

2
variant of -cle2: ridicule.

Origin:
(< F) < Latin -culum, -cula; see -cle2

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-cule
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating smallness: animalcule
 
[from Latin -culus, diminutive suffix; compare -cle]

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