noun obe·lus \-ləs\
plural ob·e·li \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

Definition of OBELUS

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