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obelus

[ob-uh-luh s] /ˈɒb ə ləs/
noun, plural obeli
[ob-uh-lahy] /ˈɒb əˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a mark (− or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to point out spurious, corrupt, doubtful, or superfluous words or passages.
Origin of obelus
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek obelós spit, pointed pillar
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obelus

/ˈɒbɪləs/
noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1.
a mark (— or ÷) used in editions of ancient documents to indicate spurious words or passages
2.
another name for dagger (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek obelos spit
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