One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The quantity whose presence or flow constitutes electricity, now recognized as an intrinsic property of certain subatomic particles; the property of something by virtue of which it is affected by an electric field; an excess of one or other kind of this (positive or negative) on or in an object.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From electric + charge.
electric charge/ɪˌlɛktrɪk ˈtʃɑːdʒ/
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