a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, orig. diminutive nouns (capsule; globule; nodule) or noun derivatives of verbs (ligule)
Etymology: < F < L -ulus, -ula, -ulum dim. formative with nouns of the 1st and 2d declensions «*-el- (cf. -cle I, -elle, -ole I)

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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