Definition of obelus in English:

obelus

noun

  • 1A symbol (†) used as a reference mark in printed matter, or to indicate that a person is deceased.

    Also called dagger
    • ‘This obelus (little dagger sign) directs readers to a four-line footnote that explains the terms and conditions attached to this freebie.’
  • 2A mark (– or ÷) used in ancient texts to mark a word or passage as spurious, corrupt, or doubtful.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek obelos pointed pillar also critical mark.

Pronunciation:

obelus

/ˈäbələs/