[ oo-ley ]
/ ˈu leɪ /


a tree that produces caucho.

Origin of ule

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

Definition for ule (2 of 2)


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

Origin of -ule

From French, from Latin -ulus, -ula, -ulum diminutive formative with nouns of the 1st and 2nd declensions, ultimately from unattested -el- (cf. -cle1, -elle, -ole1); the deverbative suffix -ulus, etc. (cf. cingulum, tumulus) is of distinct origin
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British Dictionary definitions for ule


suffix forming nouns

indicating smallnessglobule

Word Origin for -ule

from Latin -ulus, diminutive suffix
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Medical definitions for ule



Variant ofulo-
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