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alternant

[awl-tur-nuh nt, al- or, esp. British, awl-tur-nuh nt, al-] /ˈɔl tɜr nənt, ˈæl- or, esp. British, ɔlˈtɜr nənt, æl-/
adjective
noun
2.
Linguistics. a variant form that exists in alternation with another or others.
Origin of alternant
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40, alternant is from the Latin word alternant- (stem of alternāns, present participle of alternāre). See altern, -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for alternant

alternant

/ɔːlˈtɜːnənt/
adjective
1.
alternating
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin alternāre to alternate
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