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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

n.

1724, Latin, literally "third something," loan-translation of Greek triton ti (Plato), used in alchemy for "unidentified element present in a combination of two known ones."

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