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squillion

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See +‎ -illion

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squillion (plural squillions)

  1. (slang, used hyperbolically) A very large, unspecified number (of).
    • 1974, Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna, Ballantine Books (2000), ISBN 0345441559, pages 102-103:
      The word million was adequate for most things, billion came in handy on occasions, but if you wanted to use a word for a very, very large number, you just had to invent one. Anna invented one: a squillion.
    • 1990, Terry Pratchett, Eric, page 138:
      You thinks to yourself, ‘There’s a billion, trillion squillion of them, no one’s going to notice.’ But that’s where professionalism comes in, sort of thing.
    • 2004 7 May, Xaonon, “Re: Entropy”, talk.origins, Usenet:
      It'll just take a squillion times longer than the age of the universe to happen.
    • 2004 8 May, Noelle S. Alito, “Re: Entropy”, talk.origins, Usenet:
      I just ran the numbers and got 1.7 squillion, myself.

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