obelus

[ ob-uh-luh s ]
/ ˈɒb ə ləs /
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noun, plural ob·e·li [ob-uh-lahy] /ˈɒb əˌlaɪ/.

a mark (− or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to point out spurious, corrupt, doubtful, or superfluous words or passages.

Nearby words

  1. obeisance,
  2. obelia,
  3. obelion,
  4. obelisk,
  5. obelize,
  6. obento,
  7. oberammergau,
  8. oberhausen,
  9. oberland,
  10. oberlin

Origin of obelus

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek obelós spit, pointed pillar

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British Dictionary definitions for obeli

obelus

/ (ˈɒbɪləs) /

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)

a mark (— or ÷) used in editions of ancient documents to indicate spurious words or passages
another name for dagger (def. 2)

Word Origin for obelus

C14: via Late Latin from Greek obelos spit

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