-ellus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

By rebracketing of diminutives such as libellus (liber +‎ -lus) or femella (femina +‎ -lus), where the stem consonants -n- and -r- shifted to -l- by regressive assimilation; or diminutives of diminutives such as porcellus (porculus +‎ -lus), ocellus (oculus +‎ -lus).

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ellus m (feminine -ella, neuter -ellum); first/second declension

  1. Alternative form of -ulus
    ager + ‎-ellus → ‎agrellus (little field) (compare this to agellus, which is from ager +‎ -lus)

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative -ellus -ella -ellum -ellī -ellae -ella
genitive -ellī -ellae -ellī -ellōrum -ellārum -ellōrum
dative -ellō -ellō -ellīs
accusative -ellum -ellam -ellum -ellōs -ellās -ella
ablative -ellō -ellā -ellō -ellīs
vocative -elle -ella -ellum -ellī -ellae -ella

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