moiety

moiety

[moi-i-tee]
noun, plural moieties.
1.
a half.
2.
an indefinite portion, part, or share.
3.
Anthropology. one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English moite < Middle French < Latin medietāt- (stem of medietās) the middle, equivalent to medi(us) mid + -etāt-, variant, after vowels, of -itāt- -ity

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moiety (ˈmɔɪɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a half
2.  one of two parts or divisions of something
 
[C15: from Old French moitié, from Latin mediētās middle, from medius]

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moiety
1444, from O.Fr. meitiet, from L. medietas "half," from medius "middle" (see medial).
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moiety moi·e·ty (moi'ĭ-tē)
n.
One of two or more parts into which something may be divided, such as the various parts of a vitamin or molecule.

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