The definition of a colon is a punctuation mark (:) used to shows that what follows is an explanation such as a quotation, example or list and as a mark used between numbers to show time and ratios, or the last part of the digestive system, or part of a poem that forms a rhythmic unit.(noun)
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Origin: L < Gr kōlon, part of a verse, member, limb < IE base *(s)kel-, to bend, crooked > L coluber, snake, calx, heel
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noun pl. co·lons
Origin: Latin cōlon, part of a verse
Origin: , from Greek kōlon, limb, member, metrical unit.
noun pl. co·lons or co·la (-lə)
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Latin
Origin: , from Greek kolon, large intestine.
noun pl. co·lons or co·lo·nes (-lōˈnāsˌ)
Origin: Spanish colón
Origin: , after Cristóbal Colón, Christopher Columbus.
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