-cola, -colas; -cole; -colent; -colid; -coline; -colous

(Latin: to inhabit; to live in, to live on, to live among; to dwell; living among, dwelling in; occurring on, occurring in)

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".

If you want to see more details about a "Source" link under any of the entries in this unit, click on it and you will be taken to the Bibliography of Habitat and Dwelling Environments unit and there you can find the book by scrolling down until you see the TITLE of the book in GREEN.

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.

lignicoline (adjective), more lignicoline, most lignicoline
lignicolous (adjective), more lignicolous, most lignicolous
Characteristic of something growing on or in wood.
limicola (s) (noun), limicolas (pl): shore, mud
Creatures that are living on shores or dwelling in mud.
limicole (verb), limicoles; limicoled; limicoling
Growing and surviving in mud.
limicolous (adjective), more limicolous, most limicolous
limnicole (verb), limnicoles; limnicoled; limnicoling: lake
Living or dwelling in lakes.

Creatures that limnicole and their range or ranges:

  • Platypus; East Australia, Tasmania
limnicolous (adjective), more limnicolous, most limnicolous
lochmocole (verb), lochmocoles; lochmocoled; lochmocoling: bush, thicket
Thriving in thickets or bushes.

Lochmocoling animals:

  • South American Mouse-opossum; Belize to N.W. South America; Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada.
  • Virginia Opossum; Central America, Nicaragua
lochmocolous (adjective), more lochmocolous, most lochmocolous
Relating to habitation in dry thickets.
lucicole (verb), lucicoles; lucicoled; lucicoling: light
Living in open, well-lit habitats..
lucicolous (adjective), more lucicolous, most lucicolous
Pertaining to life in open areas that have plenty of light.
luticole (verb), luticoles; luticoled; luticoling: mud
Inhabiting or living in mud.
luticolous (adjective), more luticolous, most luticolous
Relating to the existence and survival of organisms in mud.
malacocole (verb), malacocoles; malacocoled; malacocoling
Pollinating plants that is taking place with snails.
maricole (verb), maricoles; maricoled; maricoling: sea life
Thriving in the sea; such as, aquatic organisms, both tiny and large, are able to accomplish.

For more details about plants and animals living together, go to this Habitats for the Living page.

The list of books or the resources that were used to compile the information for this unit are available at this Bibliography of Habitat and Dwelling Environments unit.


You may take a self-scoring quiz over some of the words in this section by clicking on this -cole, -colus quiz to check your word knowledge for this unit or even learn some of the words via this quiz.

Related life, live-word units: anima-; bio-; vita-; viva-.