a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, originally diminutive nouns (capsule; globule; nodule) or noun derivatives of verbs (ligule).
[ < F < L -ulus, -ula, -ulum dim. formative with nouns of the 1st and 2d declensions *-el- (cf. -CLE1, -ELLE, -OLE1); the deverbal suffix -ulus, etc. (cf. CINGULUM, TUMULUS) is of distinct orig.]

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Universalium. 2010.

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