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The symbol (#).
[Coined in the 1960s by researchers at Bell Telephone Laboratories : octo- (probably in reference to the eight endpoints of the lines in the symbol) + -thorpe (perhaps from thorp, in reference to the resemblance of the symbol to a village surrounded by fields, or after James Francis Thorpebecause one of the researchers was an advocate of the restoration of Thorpe's Olympic medals).]
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octothorpe- The pound key on a keyboard or keypad is technically an octothorpe.
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