alternant /ɔːlˈtəːnənt, ɒlˈtəːnənt/


I. noun

an alternative form of a word or other linguistic unit; a variant.

one form occurs more than its alternants.
II. adjective

changing from one to the other; alternating.
– origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin alternant- ‘doing things by turns’, from the verb alternare (see alternate).

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