quink

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of quin- and quark, suggesting a fifth-level building-block of matter, as if quark were derived from Latin quartus (fourth).

Noun[edit]

quink (plural quinks)

  1. (physics) A hypothetical fundamental particle; a preon.
    • 1987, D. G. Garan, Our sciences ruled by human prejudice
      For instance, quarks now are supposed to have their own elemental constituents: prequarks, maons, quinks, or rishons; so far there are ten kinds of them.