From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Sorites \So*ri"tes\, noun [L., from Gr. swrei'ths (sc. syllogismo's), properly, heaped up (hence, a heap of syllogisms), fr. swro's a heap.] (Logic) An abridged form of stating of syllogisms in a series of propositions so arranged that the predicate of each one that precedes forms the subject of each one that follows, and the conclusion unites the subject of the first proposition with the predicate of the last proposition, as in following example;
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