quark

quark (qwark)

A fundamental particle believed to be the primary constituent of all mesons and baryons; q.'s have a charge that is a fraction of 1 electron charge and interact through electromagnetic and nuclear forces. Six varieties are thought to exist with the unusual names of up, down, strange, charmed, bottom, and top. [a word of indeterminate sense used by James Joyce in his novel Finnegans Wake]

 

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