-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.
, argillicoles; argillicoled; argillicoling: clay, mud
1. Thriving or growing in clay or mud.
2. Living on, or in, clay.
, more argillicolous, most argillicolous
, avicoles; avicoled; avicoling
Living on birds: Avicoles are parasites or organisms that obtain nutriments from these flying creatures.
, more avicolous, most avicolous
, bryocoles; bryocoled; bryocoling: moss
Living on or in moss.
, more bryocoline, most bryocoline
, more bryocolous, most bryocolous
Characteristic of habitats that are rich in mosses or liverworts and where creatures live.
, cadavericoles; cadavericoled; cadavericoling: dead body
Inhabiting or living in a dead body; also eating dead bodies or carrion: "Max could see the maggots, cadavericoling a dead chicken's body by the side of the path as he was going for a walk."
, more cadavericolous, most cadavericolous
A descriptive term for organisms that live in and eat inside decomposing organic matter; such as dead bodies: "Maggots are examples of cadavericolous creatures that are found in decaying bodies."
, calcicoles; calcicoled; calcicoling
Living in environments rich in calcium, in limestone, or in chalky soil.
, more calcicoline, most calcicoline
, more calcicolous, most calcicolous
Pertaining to plants or creatures living in soil that is rich in lime.
, calcosaxicoles; calcosaxicoled; calcosaxicoling
Inhabiting rocky limestone areas.
, more calcosaxicolous, most calcosaxicolous
caulicola (s) (noun)
, caulicolas (pl)
Parasitic fungi that live on stems.
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