ὀβελός

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly an alteration of βέλος ‎(bélos).

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Noun[edit]

ὀβελός ‎(obelósm ‎(genitive ὀβελοῦ); second declension

  1. a spit, rod
    1. (ὀβελὸς λίθινος) a pointed square pillar, obelisk
  2. a horizontal line
    • Lucianus, Essays in Portraiture Defended 24

Usage notes[edit]

The horizontal line was used as a critical mark to point out that a passage was spurious, but with one point below and one above (÷) (ὀβελὸς περιστιγμένος ‎(obelòs peristigménos)) it denoted superfluous passages, especially in philosophical writings.

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References[edit]

  • ὀβελός in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ὀβελός in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ὀβελός in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
  • «ὀβελός» in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français, Paris: Hachette
  • «ὀβελός» in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English-Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.