What does the word moiety mean?

Usage examples for moiety

  1. It is the universal custom of the pirates, on this coast, to sell the people for slaves immediately on their arrival, the rajah taking for himself a few of the most useful, and receiving a percentage upon the purchase money of the remainder, with a moiety of the vessel and every article on board. – The Pirates Own Book by Charles Ellms
  2. A moiety of her is offered for sale. – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding