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Particularly: “Interesting parallel with an apparent Proto-Germanic suffix -(ku)laz, as seen in the etymology at ickle. Was one borrowed from the other, or are these two instead cognates that both derive independently from a common ancestor?”

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-lus m ‎(feminine -la, neuter -lum); first/second declension

  1. Used to form a diminutive of a noun, indicating small size or youth.

Usage notes[edit]

The suffix -lus is added to a noun to form a diminutive of that noun.

porculus ‎(little pig), from porcus ‎(pig)


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative -lus -la -lum -lī -lae -la
genitive -lī -lae -lī -lōrum -lārum -lōrum
dative -lō -lae -lō -līs -līs -līs
accusative -lum -lam -lum -lōs -lās -la
ablative -lō -lā -lō -līs -līs -līs
vocative -le -la -lum -lī -lae -la