Definition - A medieval, Latinate name for a punctuation mark.

1. The term is obsolete in common usage but is a technical term in the field of palaeography.

Example -
Once upon a time English speakers called the question mark punctus interrogativus.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin pungere, to prick.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1952:
"Punctus elevatus, a symbol formed by combining Punctum and Podatus. It denoted the cadence with which a Colon ended, generally a gradual lowering of pitch followed by a return to the Tuba in one stage."
(P. Clemoes, Liturgical Influence on Punctuation in Late Old English & Early Middle English, MSS 4)

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