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semicolon

[sem-i-koh-luh n] /ˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən/
noun
1.
the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between the two clauses of a compound sentence.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; semi- + colon1
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semicolon

/ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən/
noun
1.
the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a pause intermediate in value or length between that of a comma and that of a full stop
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Word Origin and History for semi-colon
semicolon
1644, a hybrid coined from L. semi- (see semi-) + Gk. kolon "limb, part" (see colon (1)).
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A punctuation mark (;) used to join two independent clauses in a sentence. The semicolon shows that the ideas in the two clauses are related: “Jack really didn't mind being left without a car; he had the house to himself.”

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