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  1. moi·e·ty
    IPA[ˈmoiədē]
  2. noun

    • 1. each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided:

      the tax was to be delivered in two moieties
    • 2. each of two social or ritual groups into which a people is divided, especially among Australian Aborigines and some North American Indians.

    • 3. a part or portion, especially a lesser share.

    • 4. a distinct part of a large molecule:

      the enzyme removes the sulfate moiety
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: moiety, plural noun: moieties

    • noun

      each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided:

      each of two social or ritual groups into which a people is divided, especially among Australian Aborigines and some North American Indians.

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