-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.

silicolous (adjective), more silicolous, most silicolous
silvicole (verb), silvicoles; silvicoled; silvicoling: forest, woods
Living in woodlands.
silvicoline (adjective), more silvicoline, most silvicoline
silvicolous (adjective), more silvicolous, most silvicolous
sphagnicole (verb), sphagnicoles; sphagnicoled; sphagnicoling: moss
Living in peat-moss.
sphagnicolous (adjective)
sphagnicolous (adjective)
spongicole (verb), spongicoles; spongicoled; spongicoling: sponge
Living on or in sponges.
spongicolous (adjective), more spongicolous, most spongicolous
stagnicole (verb), stagnicoles; stagnicoled; stagnicoling: stagnant water
Living in stagnant (still, motionless, inactive) water; such as certain birds, etc.
stagnicolous (adjective), more stagnicolous, most stagnicolous
stercoricole (verb), stercoricoles; stercoricoled; stercoricoling: dung
Living in or on dung or excrement; such as, insects or certain plants.
stercoricolous (adjective), more stercoricolous, most stercoricolous
subgeocole (verb), subgeocoles; subgeocoled; subgeocoling: underground
Living and thriving underground.
subhydrocole (verb), subhydrocoles; subhydrocoled; subhydrocoling: water
Inhabiting places that are experiencing periodic inundations of fresh water.

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-.