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