Etymology
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moiety (n.)

"an equal half, a half part or share," mid-15c., moite, from Old French moite, earlier meitiet (12c., Modern French moitié) "half; middle; portion, piece," from Latin medietatem (nominative medietas) "half," originally "middle point," from medius "middle" (from PIE root *medhyo- "middle").

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Definitions of moiety

moiety (n.)
one of two (approximately) equal parts;
Synonyms: mediety
moiety (n.)
one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe;
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