moiety

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French meitié (half) (modern French moitié (half)), from Late Latin medietās (centre, midpoint; half), from Latin medius (half; middle) + -tās (from Proto-Indo-European *-teh₂ts (suffix forming nouns indicating a state of being)). Medius is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (middle), possibly from *me-dʰi- (among; with), from *me (in the middle of; among; with). The word is a doublet of mediety.

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  • Hyphenation: moi‧e‧ty

Noun[edit]

moiety (plural moieties)

  1. A half.
  2. A share or portion, especially a smaller share.
  3. (anthropology) Each descent group in a culture which is divided exactly into two descent groups.
  4. (chemistry) A specific segment of a molecule.
    Aniline has both a phenyl and an amino moiety.

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