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

Linguistics. a variant form that exists in alternation with another or others.

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Origin of alternant

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

alternating

Word Origin for alternant

C17: from French, from Latin alternāre to alternate
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