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ule

[oo-ley]
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noun
  1. caucho.
  2. a tree that produces caucho.

Origin of ule

1840–50; < Mexican Spanish (h)ule < Nahuatl ōlli caoutchouc

-ule

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

Origin of -ule

< 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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British Dictionary definitions for ule

-ule

suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating smallnessglobule

Word Origin

from Latin -ulus, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for ule

-ule

word-forming element meaning "small, little" (capsule, module, etc.), from French -ule, from Latin diminutive suffix -ulus (fem. -ula, neuter -ulum).

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