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1. A tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
2. The dagger sign (†), used especially as a reference mark. Also called dagger, obelus.
[Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos, a spit, obelisk.]
ob′e·lis′cal (-lĭs′kəl) adj.
ob′e·lis′koid′ (-koid′) adj.
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