-culus

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See also: culus

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Rebracketing of diminutive suffix -lus on nouns ending in -cus, used freely.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-culus m (feminine -cula, neuter -culum); first/second declension

  1. Alternative form of -ulus; added to a noun to form a diminutive of that noun.
    clāvis (key) + ‎-culus → ‎clāvicula (little key)
    ōs (mouth) + ‎-culus → ‎ōsculum (little mouth)
    mās + ‎-culus → ‎māsculus
    sermō + ‎-culus → ‎sermunculus

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative -culus -cula -culum -culī -culae -cula
genitive -culī -culae -culī -culōrum -culārum -culōrum
dative -culō -culō -culīs
accusative -culum -culam -culum -culōs -culās -cula
ablative -culō -culā -culō -culīs
vocative -cule -cula -culum -culī -culae -cula

Derived terms[edit]