| Definition -
A Latinate name for the question mark (?).
1. The term is obsolete in common usage but is a technical term in the field of palaeography.
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. Ibid. 5 Punctus versus, a symbol consisting of the Punctum. It denoted the cadence with which a Periodus ended. Ibid., Punctus interrogativus, a symbol formed by combining Punctum and Porrectus. It denoted the cadence with which an interrogative sentence ended.
(P. Clemoes, Liturgical Influence on Punctuation in Late Old English & Early Middle English, MSS 4)