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variant of oleo- before a vowel: oleiferous.
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Other definitions for ole- (2 of 4)


a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, usually diminutives, and later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin or in New Latin coinages: areole;centriole;vacuole.

Origin of -ole

From French, from Latin -olus, -ola, -olum, variant of -ulus -ule with stems ending in a vowel

Other definitions for ole- (3 of 4)


a suffix used in names of chemical compounds, especially five-membered, unsaturated rings (carbazole; indole; thiazole) and, less systematically, aromatic ethers (anisole; safrole).
Also -ol2.

Origin of -ole

<French <Latin oleumoil

Other definitions for ole- (4 of 4)

[ oh-ley ]
/ oʊˈleɪ /

(used as a shout of approval, triumph, or encouragement).
a cry of “olé.”

Origin of olé

First recorded in 1910–15; from Spanish ole, olé, from Arabic wa-llāh “and Allah,” from wa “and” + allāh “God, Allah”
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British Dictionary definitions for ole- (1 of 4)

/ computing /

abbreviation for
object linking and embedding: a system for linking and embedding data, images, and programs from different sources

British Dictionary definitions for ole- (2 of 4)



n combining form
denoting an organic unsaturated compound containing a 5-membered ringthiazole
denoting an aromatic organic etheranisole

Word Origin for -ole

from Latin oleum oil, from Greek elaion, from elaia olive

British Dictionary definitions for ole- (3 of 4)


indicating something smallarteriole

Word Origin for -ole

from Latin -olus, diminutive suffix

British Dictionary definitions for ole- (4 of 4)

/ (əʊˈleɪ) /

an exclamation of approval or encouragement customary at bullfights, flamenco dancing, and other Spanish or Latin American events
a cry of olé

Word Origin for olé

Spanish, from Arabic wa-llāh, from wa and + allāh God
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Medical definitions for ole-


A usually heterocyclic chemical compound containing a five-membered ring:pyrrole.
A chemical compound, especially an ether, that does not contain hydroxyl:indole.
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