-ule(redirected from -ulum)
Small one: valvule.
[French, from Latin -ulus, -ula, -ulum, diminutive suff.]
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suffix forming nouns
indicating smallness: globule.
[from Latin -ulus, diminutive suffix]
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a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, orig. diminutive nouns (capsule; globule; nodule) or noun derivatives of verbs (ligule).
[< French < Latin -ulus, -ula, -ulum diminutive formative with nouns of the 1st and 2d declensions «*-el- (compare -cle1, -elle, -ole1)]
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