-ulus

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See also: ulus and Ulus

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Misinterpretation of diminutive suffix -lus on o-stem nouns, used freely.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ulus m (feminine -ula, neuter -ulum); first/second declension

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

Usage notes[edit]

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

Examples:
calx (limestone, game counter) + ‎-ulus → ‎calculus (pebble, little stone)
rēx (king) + ‎-ulus → ‎rēgulus (prince, petty king)

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative -ulus -ula -ulum -ulī -ulae -ula
genitive -ulī -ulae -ulī -ulōrum -ulārum -ulōrum
dative -ulō -ulō -ulīs
accusative -ulum -ulam -ulum -ulōs -ulās -ula
ablative -ulō -ulā -ulō -ulīs
vocative -ule -ula -ulum -ulī -ulae -ula

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