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 for Moiety
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moiety \Moi"e*ty\ (moi"[-e]*t[y^]), n.; pl. Moieties
     (moi"[-e]*t[i^]z). [F. moiti['e], L. medietas, fr. medius
     middle, half. See Mid, a., and cf. Mediate, Mediety.]
     1. One of two equal parts; a half; as, a moiety of an estate,
        of goods, or of profits; the moiety of a jury, or of a
        nation. --Shak.
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              The more beautiful moiety of his majesty's subject.
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     2. An indefinite part; a small part. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Residue \Res"i*due\ (r?z"?-d?), n. [F. r['e]sidu, L. residuum,
     fr. residuus that is left behind, remaining, fr. residere to
     remain behind. See Reside, and cf. Residuum.]
     1. That which remains after a part is taken, separated,
        removed, or designated; remnant; remainder.
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              The residue of them will I deliver to the sword.
                                                    --Jer. xv. 9.
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              If church power had then prevailed over its victims,
              not a residue of English liberty would have been
              saved.                                --I. Taylor.
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     2. (Law) That part of a testeator's estate wwhich is not
        disposed of in his will by particular and special legacies
        and devises, and which remains after payment of debts and
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     3. (Chem.) That which remains of a molecule after the removal
        of a portion of its constituents; hence, an atom or group
        regarded as a portion of a molecule; a moiety or
        group; -- used as nearly equivalent to radical, but in
        a more general sense.
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     Note: The term radical is sometimes restricted to groups
           containing carbon, the term residue and moiety being
           applied to the others.
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     4. (Theory of Numbers) Any positive or negative number that
        differs from a given number by a multiple of a given
        modulus; thus, if 7 is the modulus, and 9 the given
        number, the numbers -5, 2, 16, 23, etc., are residues.
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     Syn: Rest; remainder; remnant; balance; residuum; remains;
          leavings; relics.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: one of two (approximately) equal parts [syn: moiety,
      2: one of two basic subdivisions of a tribe

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "moiety":
     allotment, allowance, ashram, big end, bigger half, bisection, bit,
     bite, body, budget, butt, caste, chip, chunk, clan, class, clip,
     clipping, collop, colony, commission, commonwealth, commune,
     community, contingent, crumb, cut, cutting, deal, destiny,
     dividend, division, dole, dollop, economic class, end,
     endogamous group, equal share, equidistance, extended family,
     family, fate, fifty percent, fifty-fifty, fragment, gens, gob,
     gobbet, half, half-and-half, halfway house, halver, helping,
     hemisphere, hunk, interest, kinship group, lot, lump, measure,
     mediety, meed, member, mess, mid-distance, midcourse,
     middle distance, midway, modicum, morsel, nuclear family, order,
     parcel, paring, part, particle, percentage, phratria, phratry,
     phyle, piece, portion, proportion, quantum, quota, rake-off,
     rasher, ration, scoop, scrap, section, segment, semicircle,
     semisphere, settlement, shard, share, shaving, shiver, shred,
     slice, sliver, small share, smithereen, snack, snatch, snip,
     snippet, social class, society, splinter, stake, stitch, stock,
     stump, subcaste, tatter, totem

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MOIETY. The half of anything; as, if a testator bequeath one moiety of his 
  estate to A, and the other to B, each shall take an equal part. Joint 
  tenants are said to hold by moieties. Lit. 125; 3 M. G. & S. 274, 283 

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