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aff. a suffix of Latin diminutive nouns borrowed into English via French: used later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin:
article; conventicle; corpuscle; particle[/ex]
Etymology: < F, OF < L -culus, -a, -um, var. of -ulus -ule II
-cle
aff. a suffix of Latin nouns borrowed into English via French: used later in adaptations of words borrowed directly from Latin; in Latin, it formed nouns that denoted a place appropriate to the action of a verb (cubicle; receptacle) or a means by which the action is performed (vehicle)
Etymology: < F, OF < L -culum, -cula

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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