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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.]


n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a mark (— or ÷) used in editions of ancient documents to indicate spurious words or passages
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) another name for dagger2
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek obelos spit]


(ˈɒb ə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a mark (− or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to point out questionable words or passages.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek obelós spit, pointed pillar]
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When the first auto road was completed from Lake Louise to Field in 1927, the CPR and Federal governments considered moving the Hector cairn and the Great Divide sign to the more accurate site but no agreement was reached over who should pay for the costs involved.
A boundary survey photograph taken in 1913 shows the extended Great Divide sign and the cairn.
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