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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obelus \Ob"e*lus\ ([o^]b"[e^]*l[u^]s), n.; pl. Obeli ([o^]b"[e^]*l[imac]). [L., fr. Gr. 'obelo`s, prop., a spit.] (Print.) A mark [thus ---, or /]; -- so called as resembling a needle. In old MSS. or editions of the classics, it marks suspected passages or readings. [1913 Webster]