1》 forming names of appliances or instruments: bridle.
2》 forming names of animals and plants: beetle.
OE, of Gmc origin.
(also -el)
suffix forming nouns having or originally having a diminutive sense: mantle.
ME -el, -elle, partly from OE and partly from OFr. (based on L. forms).
suffix (forming adjectives from an original verb) apt to; liable to: brittle.
ME: from earlier -el, of Gmc origin.
suffix forming verbs, chiefly expressing repeated action or movement (as in babble, dazzle), or having diminutive sense (as in nestle).
OE -lian, of Gmc origin.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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