cule,icle & ling
These ROOT-WORDS are three CULE, ICLE & LING all meaning the same thing VERY SMALL. They are the Suffixes CULE, ICLE, LING. With these Suffixes added the thing spoken of is diminished, made small not only in size but also in significance. Nos. 4 and 10 use ICLE; the rest of the first ten words, CULE; and the last ten, LING. LING often has a gentle, endearing quality, as in Nos.11, 13, 16, 17 and 18. Youth is tenderly called a sapLING.
1. Erepuscule :erepus CULE (kre pus’ kyul) n.
Dim light; half light; twilight
2. Articulate :arti CUL ate (ar tik’ yu late) v.
To pronounce each little sound carefully
3. Minuscule :minus CULE (min’ us kyul) adj.
Very small; petty; insignificant
4. article :art ICLE (art’ i K’l) n.
A small thing; a detail; a piece of writing on a particular topic
5. Animalculd :animal CULE (an i mal’ kyul) n.
A minute animal, usually microscopic
6. Reticule :reti CULE (red; i kyul) n.
A small net handbag
7. Ridicule :ridi CULE (rid’ i kyul) n.
Small, mocking laughter
8. Molecule :mole CULE (mol’ e kyul) n.
A tiny particie of matter
9. Molecular :mole CUL ar (mo lek’ ye lar) adj.
In the nature of a molecule
10. Funicle :fun ICLE (fue; ni k’l) n.
A small cord; a bundle of threadlike fibers
11. Darling :dar LING (dar’ ling) n.
A dear one, favorite
12. Duckling :duck LING (duk; ling)
A little baby duck
13. Fiedgling :fiedg LING (flej’ ling) n.
A baby bird; an inexperienced person
14. Gosling :gos LING (goz’ ling) n.
A baby goose
15. Hireling :hire LING (hire’ ling) n.
One hired to do a job for money
16. Nestling :nest lING (nest’ ling) n.
A bird still in the nest, unable to fly
17. Princeling :prince LING (prin’ sling) n.
A prince of a small country
18. Sapling :sap LING (sap; ling) n.
A very young tree; youth
19. Underling :under LING (un’ der ling) n.
An underdog; of the lowest status
20. Worldling :world LING (worl’ dling) n.
One devoted to the world and its pleasures
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