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Saturday, July 07, 2012


\AL-i-kwuhnt\ , adjective;
Contained in a number or quantity, but not dividing it evenly: An aliquant part of 16 is 5.
Cunning is the aliquant of talent; as hypocrisy is of religion; all the threes in the universe cannot make ten.
-- Thomas Hall, The Fortunes and Adventures of Raby Rattler and His Man Floss
...even though that number was an odd number and by a quarter the number of his confiteors, even though four was an aliquant part of two thousand to hundred and nineteen, nothing being changed with regard to the masses...
-- Raymond Queneau, The Blue Flowers
Aliquant stems from the Latin roots ali- meaning "differently" and quantus meaning "great."
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