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obelisk

[ob-uh-lisk] /ˈɒb ə lɪsk/
noun
1.
a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usually monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.
2.
something resembling such a shaft.
3.
an obelus.
4.
Printing. dagger (def 2).
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin obeliscus < Greek obelískos small spit, equivalent to obel(ós) spit, pointed pillar + -iskos diminutive suffix
Related forms
obeliscal, adjective
obeliskoid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for obeliscal

obelisk

/ˈɒbɪlɪsk/
noun
1.
a stone pillar having a square or rectangular cross section and sides that taper towards a pyramidal top, often used as a monument in ancient Egypt
2.
(printing) another name for dagger (sense 2)
Derived Forms
obeliscal, adjective
obeliskoid, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek obeliskos a little spit, from obelos spit
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Word Origin and History for obeliscal

obelisk

n.

"rectangular stone column tapering at the top," 1560s, from Middle French obélisque (16c.) and directly from Latin obeliscus "obelisk, small spit," from Greek obeliskos "small spit, obelisk, leg of a compass," diminutive of obelos "a spit, pointed pillar, needle." Related: Obeliskine.

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