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Uncle

Definition of "Uncle"

In a blockchain system, some blocks are mined that are not on the longest chain; this is because some miners and mining pools are not 100% synchronized. While the Ether reward goes to the block that solved the hash quickest and the growth of the blockchain proceeds from that newly minted block, these "uncle" blocks do not simply languish. In Ethereum, miners are rewarded (at a lower percentage) for producing uncles. This helps to encourage decentralization in mining.

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