I read the following content in the Oxford Latin Dictionary:
lacteolus = lacteus+ -olus, where -olus is a diminutive suffix.
The ‘normal’ form lacteus and the diminutive form lacteolus share a common interpretation milky white. I am wondering the difference of meaning between the two forms. The notion of ‘diminutive milky-white’ does not make sense to me.
Here’s an example from OLD:
nunc te lacteolae tenent puellae.
I am wondering whether the diminutive form lacteolae suggests the youth of puellae in this example?