Last modified on 19 July 2014, at 07:18

LatinEdit

SuffixEdit

-ela f (genitive -elae); first declension

Usage notesEdit

This suffix is added to a verb (often a deponent) to create a first-declension feminine form of an abstract noun.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Word formation in the Roman sermo plebeius

PortugueseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin -ella, feminine of -ellus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛ.la/, /ˈɛ.lɐ/

SuffixEdit

-ela f (plural -elas)

  1. forms diminutives
    rua (road; street) → ruela (bystreet; alley)
    cana (cane) → canela (shin)
    via (way; path) → viela (bystreet; alley)
    cáravo (a type of mediaeval watercraft) → caravela (caravel)
  2. forms nouns indicating a superficial or minor action
    escovada (a brushing) → escovadela (a superficial brushing)
    pincelada (brushstroke) → pinceladela (a superficial or short brushstroke)
    riscada (razor strike) → riscadela (a short razor strike)

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