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[French, comma, obelus, from Late Latin virgula, accentual mark, from Latin, obelus, diminutive of virga, rod.]
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(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing another name for solidus
[C19: from French: comma, from Latin virgula a little rod, from virga rod]
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1. a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that the appropriate one may be chosen to complete the sense of the text: the defendant and/or his/her attorney.
2. a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc. Also called diagonal.
[1830–40; < French virgule comma, little rod < Latin virgula, diminutive of virga rod]
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