Definitions

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  • adj. odd; not even; said of elementary substances and of radicals whose valence is not divisible by two without a remainder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Odd; not even; -- said of elementary substances and of radicals whose valence is not divisible by two without a remainder. Contrasted with artiad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Chem., having a valency represented by an odd number; noting an element which combines with odd numbers of atoms only.
  • n. An atom whose valence is designated by an odd number, as hydrogen, whose valence is 1, or nitrogen, whose valence is 1, 3, or 5: so called in contradistinction to artiads, whose valence is represented by an even number, as sulphur, whose valence is 2, 4, or 6.
  • n. In zoology, an odd-toed ungulate quadruped; a solidungulate animal; one of the perissodactyls: opposed to artiad.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek odd.

Examples

  • There is no need to rehearse these powers much further; though not one-tenth of the supposed innate properties of this infinitesimal infinite have been recited -- properties which are expressed by the words atomicity, quantivilence, monad, dryad, univalent, perissad, quadrivalent, and twenty other terms, each expressing some endowment of power in this in visible atom.

    Recreations in Astronomy With Directions for Practical Experiments and Telescopic Work

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