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obelus

play
noun, obe·lus \-ləs\

Definition of obelus

plural obeli play \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

  1. 1 :  a symbol − or ÷ used in ancient manuscripts to mark a questionable passage

  2. 2 :  the symbol ÷



Origin of obelus

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek obelos spit, pointed pillar, obelus


First Known Use: 14th century


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