-cule

1

variant of -cle1: animalcule; molecule; reticule.

Origin of -cule

1
(< F) < Latin -culus, -cula, -culum; see -cle1

Definition for -cule (2 of 2)

-cule

2

variant of -cle2: ridicule.

Origin of -cule

2
(< F) < Latin -culum, -cula; see -cle2
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British Dictionary definitions for -cule

-cule


suffix forming nouns

indicating smallnessanimalcule

Word Origin for -cule

from Latin -culus, diminutive suffix; compare -cle
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Word Origin and History for -cule

-cule


word-forming element used to make diminutives, from French -cule or directly from Latin -culus (masc.), -cula (fem.), -culum (neuter).

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