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  1. a combining form meaning “inhabiting” the thing or place specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: nidicolous.
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Origin of -colous

< Latin -col(a), combining form representing colere to inhabit (cf. colonus) + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -colous


adj combining form
  1. inhabiting or living onarenicolous
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Word Origin for -colous

from Latin -cola inhabitant + -ous; related to colere to inhabit
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