Blend of quin- + quark, suggesting a fifth-level building-block of matter, as if quark were derived from Latin quartus (“fourth”).
quink (plural quinks)
- (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.