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tertium quid

[tur-shee-uh m kwid; Latin ter-ti-oo m kwid] /ˈtɜr ʃi əm ˈkwɪd; Latin ˈtɛr tɪˌʊm ˈkwɪd/
noun
1.
something related in some way to two things, but distinct from both; something intermediate between two things.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Latin, translation of Greek tríton·ti some third thing
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tertium quid

/ˈtɜːtɪəm ˈkwɪd/
noun
1.
an unknown or indefinite thing related in some way to two known or definite things, but distinct from both there is either right or wrong, with no tertium quid
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin, rendering Greek triton ti some third thing
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Word Origin and History for tertium quid
tertium quid
1724, from L., lit. "third something," loan-translation of Gk. triton ti (Plato), used in alchemy for "unidentified element present in a combination of two known ones."
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