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What's “chelek Eloak mimaal”?

I have frequently heard the human (or only the Jewish?) soul referred to as "חלק אלוק ממעל", literally "portion/section/piece/allotment of God (from) above".

  • What does this mean?
  • Who's the first to refer to the soul thus? Citation, please, if possible.