- a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, originally diminutive nouns (capsule; globule; nodule) or noun derivatives of verbs (ligule).
Origin of -ule
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- indicating smallnessglobule
from Latin -ulus, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for -ule
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