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: a punctuation mark, used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence
: pause, interval
: any of several nymphalid butterflies (genus Polygonia) with a silvery comma-shaped mark on the underside of the hind wings
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1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Late Latin, from Latin, part of a sentence, from Greek komma segment, clause, from koptein to cut — more at capon
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: a punctuation mark , that is used to separate words or groups of words in a sentence
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: a punctuation mark , used chiefly to show separation of words or word groups within a sentence
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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place
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