a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “all.”


a suffix used as a formative in taxonomic names, especially genus names of bacteria: chorella; pasteurella; salmonella.

Origin of -ella

< New Latin, Latin, feminine of -ellus; see -elle
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fem. proper name, when not a diminutive of Eleanor it is from Old High German Alia, from al "all."


diminutive word-forming element, from Latin -ella, fem. of -ellus.

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