-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.

ptenophyllocole (verb), ptenophyllocoles; ptenophyllocoled; ptenophyllocoling: trees
Living in deciduous trees that lose their leaves in the autumn and grow new ones in the spring.
pyrocole (verb), pyrocoles; pyrocoled; pyrocoling: fire, burned
Thriving on ground which has recently been scorched by fire.
pyroxylocole (verb), pyroxylocoles; pyroxylocoled; pyroxylocoling: burned wood
Living and thriving on burnt wood.
radicicole (verb), radicicoles; radicicoled; radicicoling: roots
Growing on or in roots.
radicicolous (adjective), more radicicolous, most radicicolous
Pertaining to the existence of organisms in or on roots.
ramicole (verb), ramicoles; ramicoled; ramicoling: twigs, branches
Living or existing on twigs and branches.
ramicolous (adjective), more ramicolous, most ramicolous
Relating to species living on twigs and branches.
ripicole (verb), ripicoles; ripicoled; ripicoling: river banks
To live on the banks of estuaries.
ripicoline (adjective), more ripicoline, most ripicoline
A reference to plants and animals that dwell on the banks of running water.
ripicolous (adjective), more ripicolous, most ripicolous
Inhabiting the banks of streams.
rubicole (verb), rubicoles; rubicoled; rubicoling: thorny plants
Living on brambles or thorny shrubs or vines, including blackberries and raspberries.
rubicolous (adjective), more rubicolous, most rubicolous
rupicole (verb), rupicoles; rupicoled; rupicoling: rocks, stones
Living among rocks or on walls.
rupicoline (adjective), more rupicoline, most rupicoline
rupicolous (adjective), more rupicolous, most rupicolous

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-.