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In printing, a symbol (†) used as a reference mark in printed matter, or to indicate that a person is deceased; also called dagger. Obelus is also the name for a mark (– or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to mark a word or passage as spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.

Recorded from late Middle English, the word comes via Latin from Greek obelos ‘pointed pillar’, also ‘critical mark’.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Bibliography.


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