obelisk (†)
Definition - A printer's mark used to indicate footnotes and marginal references.

Example -


1. Use it to indicate a second footnote when an asterisk has already been used.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek obeliskos, which is the diminutive of obelos, pointed pillar.
Note: Ancient Greek editors would put obelisks in the margins of manuscripts to point out lines whose origin was doubtful.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in its punctuation-mark sense is from 1583:
"Whatsoever is not found in the canon of the Jews … St. Jerome did thrust through with a spit or obelisk, as not worthy to be received."
(Fulke Defence (1843) 25)

Quotation -
"A mark of censure in the margin of a book, in the form of a dagger."
(Source: As defined by Samuel Johnson in his dictionary)

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