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  • Etymology: Late Latin, substance, sediment, from Greek, support, foundation, substance, sediment, from hyphistasthai to stand under, support, from hypo- + histasthai to be standing — more at stand
    Date: 1590

    1 a : something that settles at the bottom of a fluid b : the settling of blood in the dependent parts of an organ or body
    2 : person 3
    3 a : the substance or essential nature of an individual b : something that is hypostatized
    4 New Latin, from Late Latin : failure of a gene to produce its usual effect when coupled with another gene that is epistatic toward it
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypostases

    December 16, 2009

  • Mereology (from the Greek μερος, ‘part’) is the theory of parthood relations: of the relations of part to whole and the relations of part to part within a whole.

    from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article linked below.

    December 14, 2009

  • The Greek word for the practice of adding up the number values of the letters in a word to form a single number. See gematria, abjad, ilm al-jafr, ilm al-huruuf.
    (from Wikipedia)

    October 18, 2009

  • ontic

    /ontik/

    • adjective Philosophy relating to entities and the facts about them.

    — ORIGIN from Greek on ‘being’.

    - The Compact Oxford English Dictionary

    August 24, 2009

  • hetaerism, hetairism
    1. the practice of concubinage.
    2. a social system characterized by its regarding women as common property. — hetaerist, hetairist, n. — hetaeristic, hetairistic, adj.

    The Free Dictionary

    he·tae·rism (hi tir′iz′əm)

    noun

    1. concubinage
    2. a system of communal marriage supposed to have been practiced among some early peoples

    Etymology: Gr hetairismos < hetairizein, to be a hetaera: see hetaera
    Also hetairism he·tai′·rism′ (-tī′riz′əm)

    - Webster's New World College Dictionary

    August 24, 2009

  • a. pertaining to primitive group marriage of a number of brothers to a number of sisters.

    August 24, 2009

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