**-yllion** is a proposal from Donald Knuth for the terminology and symbols of an alternate decimal superbase system. In it, he adapts the familiar English terms for large numbers to provide a systematic set of names for much larger numbers. In addition to providing an extended range, *-yllion* also dodges the long and short scale ambiguity of -illion.

Knuth's digit grouping is exponential instead of linear; each division doubles the number of digits handled, whereas the familiar system only adds three or six more. His system is basically the same as one of the ancient and now-unused Chinese numeral systems, in which units stand for 10^{4}, 10^{8}, 10^{16}, 10^{32}, ..., 10^{2n}, and so on. Today the corresponding characters are used for 10^{4}, 10^{8}, 10^{12}, 10^{16}, and so on.

## Details and examples

For a more extensive table, see **Myriad system**. The corresponding Chinese numerals are given, with the traditional form listed before the simplified form. Today these numerals are still in use, but are used for different values.

In Knuth's *-yllion* proposal:

*foo*hundred

*bar*." (e.g. 1234 is "twelve hundred thirty-four"; 7623 is "seventy-six hundred twenty-three")

^{4}to 10

^{8}− 1 are divided before the 4th-last digit and named "

*foo*myriad

*bar*". Knuth also introduces at this level a grouping symbol (comma) for the numeral. So, 382,1902 is "three hundred eighty-two myriad nineteen hundred two."

^{8}to 10

^{16}− 1 are divided before the 8th-last digit and named "

*foo*myllion

*bar*", and a semicolon separates the digits. So 1,0002;0003,0004 is "one myriad two myllion, three myriad four."

^{16}to 10

^{32}− 1 are divided before the 16th-last digit and named "

*foo*byllion

*bar*", and a colon separates the digits. So 12:0003,0004;0506,7089 is "twelve byllion, three myriad four myllion, five hundred six myriad seventy hundred eighty-nine."

Each new number name is the square of the previous one — therefore, each new name covers twice as many digits. Knuth continues borrowing the traditional names changing "illion" to "yllion" on each one. Abstractly, then, "one `n`-yllion" is