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Eightfold Way

noun, Physics.
1.
a scheme for classifying hadrons according to a symmetry principle based on strangeness and isotopic spin: a forerunner of the quark model.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; so named because hadrons with low mass and spin form groups of eight; with jocular allusion to the Eightfold Way of Buddhism (see Eightfold Path)
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