noun, plural obeli [ob-uh-lahy] .
a mark (− or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to point out spurious, corrupt, doubtful, or superfluous words or passages.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek obelós spit, pointed pillar

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obelus (ˈɒbɪləs)
n , pl -li
1.  a mark (— or ÷) used in editions of ancient documents to indicate spurious words or passages
2.  another name for dagger
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek obelos spit]

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