n. pl. ob·e·li (-lī′)
1. A mark (— or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate a doubtful or spurious passage.
2. Printing See obelisk.
[Middle English, from Late Latin obelus, from Greek obelos, a spit, obelus.]
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