Definitions

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  • adj. Characterized by having a small number, greater than two, of (usually equivalent) components.
  • adj. pertaining to a language form referring to a few of something (three to around ten), as a small group of people; contrast singular, dual, trial and plural.
  • n. a language form referring to a few of something (three to around ten), as a small group of people; contrast singular, dual, trial and plural.

Etymologies

From Latin paucalis ("few, little"), from paucus, plural pauci ("few, little, a few, the select few, the oligarchs"), from Proto-Indo-European *pau- (“few, little”), + Latin adjective suffix -alis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Number is that feature in the grammar of a language that enables us to distinguish quantities, usually countable quantities. singular, dual, trial, plural, paucal etc.

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