an alien resident of an ancient Greek city who paid a tax for the right to live there.

1800–10; < Late Latin metycus, variant of metoecus < Greek métoikos emigrant, equivalent to met- met- + -oikos dwelling Unabridged
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metic (ˈmɛtɪk)
(in ancient Greece) an alien having some rights of citizenship in the city in which he lives
[C19: from Greek metoikos, from meta- (indicating change) + -oikos dwelling]

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Word Origin & History

"resident alien in an ancient Gk. state," 1808, from L.L. metycus, from Gk. metoikos, lit. "one who has changed his residence," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + -oikos "dwelling," from oikein "to dwell" (see villa).
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The arith- metic average of three tests is to be used to determine compliance.
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