Definition of obelus in English:

obelus

Syllabification: ob·e·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈäbələs
 
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noun (plural obeli /-ˌlī/)

  • 1A symbol (†) used as a reference mark in printed matter, or to indicate that a person is deceased. Also called dagger.
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    • This obelus (little dagger sign) directs readers to a four-line footnote that explains the terms and conditions attached to this freebie.
  • 2A mark (- or ÷) used in ancient texts to mark a word or passage as spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek obelos 'pointed pillar', also 'critical mark'.

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