-cola, -colas; -cole; -colent; -colid; -coline; -colous
Suffixes that refer to the location or an area of growth. Used primarily in botanical and biological terminology to indicate a plant or an organism that is characterized by a habitat or place of existence as indicated by the combining root.
The suffix -cole is derived from Latin colere, "to inhabit, to dwell, to live".
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Don't confuse this -cole, -cola , "inhabit, live in, dwelling in" unit with the following cole-, coleo- (sheath, scabbard, vagina); coll-, col- (neck); collo-, coll- (glue); colo-, col- (colon, large intestine); and colon-, coln- (farm, settlement) units.
, more crinicolous, most crinicolous
Referring to life that is growing in tundra or polar regions.
culmicola (s) (noun)
, culmicolas (pl)
Species that exist on the stems of grasses.
, culmicoles; culmicoled; culmicoling
Growing or living on the stems of grass.
, more culmicolous, most culmicolous
, cysticoles; cysticoled; cysticoling
Inhabiting a cyst or a thin-walled hollow organ or cavity in an animal body or plant and containing a liquid secretion; such as, a bladder, a sac, or a vesicle.
, more cysticolous, most cysticolous
, dendrocoles; dendrocoled; dendrocoling: trees
Living in or growing on trees.
, more dendrocolous, most dendrocolous
Pertaining to life that exists on trees, including orchards.
, deserticoles; deserticoled; deserticoling: desert
Living primarily on open ground in an arid or desert region.
, more deserticolous, most deserticolous
, domicoles; domicoled; domicoling
To live in a tube, a burrow, a den, or some other kind of refuge: Mrs. Smith watched the birds domicoling in their nest outside her bedroom window and viewed them feeding the young ones throughout the day.
, more domicolous, most domicolous
, epicoles; epicoled; epicoling
Living by attaching to the surface of another organism but without benefit or detriment to the host.
, more epicolous, most epicolous
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