-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.

petrocolous (adjective), more petrocolous, most petrocolous
Concerning inhabiting lapideous or stony terrain: The petrocolous alpine chickweed is a flowering plant that is usually grown in rock gardens.
phellocole (verb), phellocoles; phellocoled; phellocoling: gravel
Living on gravel or in a loose stony area.
phengocole (verb), phengocoles; phengocoled; phengocoling: light, sunshine
Having an affinity for or thriving in light.
phengocolous (adjective), more phengocolous, most phengocolous
Pertaining to thriving in, or having an affinity for, light: "After some rain, the varieties of phengocolous cactus plants in the desert area were growing very well in the hot sunshine."
photocole (verb), photocoles; photocoled; photocoling: light, sunshine
Living or thriving in conditions of bright light.
phreaticole (verb), phreaticoles; phreaticoled; phreaticoling: water
An organism that lives in, or inhabits, ground-water areas.
phreaticolous (adjective), more phreaticolous, most phreaticolous
A reference to organisms living in ground-water areas.
phreticolous (adjective), more phreticolous, most phreticolous
Organisms inhabiting tanks or containers.
phretocole (verb), phretocoles; phretocoled; phretocoling
Existing and thriving in water tanks.
phycocole (verb), phycocoles; phycocoled; phycocoling: algae
Living in algae-rich habitats or thriving on algae.
phytocola (s) (noun), phytocolas (pl)
Vegetation that generates food for animals and other organisms.

Phytocolas exist in many forms and have special procedures for growth and survival.

phytocole (verb), phytocoles; phytocoled; phytocoling
To grow everywhere on earth and to form their own habitats.
phytocolous (noun), more phytocolous, most phytocolous
Descriptive of plants that utilize sunlight to grow and to reproduce.
pinicole (verb), pinicoles; pinicoled; pinicoling: pine trees
Living or growing on pine-trees, or in pine-woods.
pinicolous (adjective), more pinicolous, most pinicolous

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-.