Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A diminutive termination in Latin words, some of which have entered English without change, as fasciculus, curriculum, operculum, opusculum, tenaculum, vinculum, etc., but which have usually taken the form -cule, as in animalcule, reticule, etc., or more frequently -cle, as in article, auricle, particle, conventicle, versicle, ventricle, etc. See -cule, -cle.

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Examples

  • The Tensor has a convenient list of English words derived from Latin words with the diminutive -culus suffix; he adds:The oddest one I found was muscle, which comes from the diminutive of mus 'mouse'.

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  • He also includes "a few words that I would have guessed contained -culus, but don't."

    languagehat.com: LITTLE LATIN.

  • We were discussing the origin of the Latin name for "a little fig", grossulus, and I seemed to remember that -ulus not necessarily -culus denotes a diminutive.

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  • The two movements of description and theory formation are as inseparably interrelated as they were in physics and astronomy where the analysis of simple processes, for instance, that of a freely falling body, led to mechanics and to the dis - covery of the appropriate tool of the differential cal - culus.

    GAME THEORY

  • Leibniz are popularly credited with creating the cal - culus, what they essentially did was to synthesize, in symbolic form, concepts that had been developed by

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Booliiska Somalia ayaa waxaa ku dhaawacmay 35-qof oo u badan shacab ay madaafiic culus kula dhacday degmooyinka Waqooyiga Muqdisho.

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  • "Madaafiic culus iyo qoryaha fudud ayaa dagaalka loo adeegsaday, 4-qof oo rayid ah ayaan arkay maydkooda, sidoo kale waxaan arkay dhaawacyada dhowr qof oo kae" ayuu yiri Axmed Faarax oo ka mid ah dadka ku harsan degmooyinkaas.

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  • Dhaawacyada ka dhashay qaraxa oo gaarayay 10-qof ayna ku jiraan kuwo culus ayaa la gaarsiiyay Isbitaalka Madiina ee Muqdisho, halkaasoo lagu daweynayo sida ay sheegeen saraakiisha caafimaadka Isbitaalkaas.

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  • And it is notable, that Velleius Pater - culus writeth of Tullie, how that the perfection of eloquence did so remayne onelie in him and in his time, as before him, were few, which might moch delight a man, or after him any, worthy admiration, but soch as Tullie might haue seene, and such as might haue seene Tullie.

    The Scholemaster

  • And it is notable, that _Velleius Pater - culus_ writeth of _Tullie_, how that the perfection of eloquence did so remayne onelie in him and in his time, as before him, were few, which might moch delight a man, or after him any, worthy admiration, but soch as _Tullie_ might haue seene, and such as might haue seene _Tullie_.

    The Schoolmaster

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