- a mark (- or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate questionable passages or readings
- dagger (sense )
Origin of obelusMiddle English ; from Classical Latin a spit, obelus (in Late Latin obelisk) ; from Classical Greek obelos, a spit, needle, obelus, obolus
- A mark (— or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate a doubtful or spurious passage.
- Printing See obelisk.
Origin of obelusMiddle English, from Late Latin obelus, from Greek obelos, a spit, obelus.
(plural obeluses or obeli)
- A mark (÷) used to represent division in mathematics. Also used to indicate a written or printed passage, and in ancient manuscripts to mark a word or passage as spurious or doubtful.
- A dagger mark (†) used as a reference mark in printed matter, or to indicate that a person is deceased, often used to indicate a footnote.