Obelus meaning

ŏbə-ləs
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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.
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A mark (— or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate a doubtful or spurious passage.
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A mark (- or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate questionable passages or readings.
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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.
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Origin of obelus

  • Middle English from Late Latin obelus from Greek obelos a spit, obelus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition