paucal (not comparable)
- Characterized by having a small number, greater than two, of (usually equivalent) components.
- (grammar) Pertaining to a language form referring to a few of something (three to around ten), as a small group of people; contrast singular, dual, trial, and plural.
- first-person paucal
- paucal number
- paucal and plural pronouns
- (linguistics) Expressing a relatively small quantity or degree.
- Antonym: multal
- 2002, Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language:
- But too much can occur in the negative with a paucal meaning when there is no explicit or implicit infinitival complement: I didn't enjoy it too much is simply an informal alterant of I didn't enjoy it very much.
- (few): multiple
- (grammar) A language form referring to a few of something (three to around ten), as a small group of people; contrast singular, dual, trial, and plural.
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- (grammatical numbers) grammatical number; singular, dual, trial, quadral, quintal, paucal, plural (Category: en:Grammar)
- “paucal”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.