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obelus Syllabification: ob·e·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈäbələs/

Definition of obelus in English:

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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