virgule definition by Webster's New World
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a short diagonal line (/) used between two words to show either is applicable (and/or), in dates or fractions (3/8), to express “per” (feet/second), etc.; slash
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin virgula, small rod, twig, diminutive of virga: see verge
virgule definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A diagonal mark ( / ) used especially to separate alternatives, as in and/or, to represent the word per, as in miles/hour, and to indicate the ends of verse lines printed continuously, as in Old King Cole/Was a merry old soul.
Origin: French, comma, obelus, from Late Latin virgula, accentual mark, from Latin, obelus, diminutive of virga, rod.