-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.
, more caulicolous, most caulicolous
, cavernicoles; cavernicoled; cavernicoling: cave
Living in subterranean caves or passages.
, more cavernicolous, most cavernicolous
cellicola (s) (noun)
, cellicolas (pl)
Living within cells or cavities; intracellular; primarily a reference to parasites.
, more cellicolous, most cellicolous
colonists (pl) (noun) (plural used as a singular)
1. A group of emigrants or their descendants who settle in a distant land but remain subject to or closely connected with the parent country.
2. A group of people with the same ethnic origin or interests concentrated in a particular area.
3. A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or one-celled organisms living or growing together.
4. Etymology: citizens of an "ancient Roman settlement outside Italy", from Latin colonia, "settled land, farm, landed estate"; from colonus, "husbandman, tenant farmer, settler in a new land"; from colere, "to inhabit, to cultivate, to frequent, to practice, to tend, to guard, to respect"; source of Latin -cola, "inhabitant".
, coprocoles; coprocoled; coprocoling: dung
Organisms and insects that are living in or on dung: "As soon as manure is ejected from animals (cows, horses, etc.), there are flies that coprocole their eggs so their young can hatch there and become mature enough to fly to other places."
, more coprocolous, most coprocolous
Living in or associated with dung.
, corticoles; corticoled; corticoling: tree bark
Growing on bark.
, more corticoline, most corticoline
, more corticolous, most corticolous
Growing or living on tree bark, as some lichens and mosses.
, crenicoles; crenicoled; crenicoling: brook
Living or dwelling in spring-fed brooks.
, more crenicoline, most crenicoline
, more crenicolous, most crenicolous
A reference to life in brook water that comes from a spring.
, crinicoles; crinicoled; crinicoling: hair
Living or growing on hair.
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