from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Printing A diagonal mark ( / ) used especially to separate alternatives, as in and/or, to represent the word per, as in miles/hour, and to indicate the ends of verse lines printed continuously, as in Old King Cole/Was a merry old soul.
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- n. The diagonal slash character - /, used to separate parts of text, and to represent the word per in expressions such as feet/second.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A comma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little rod; a twig.
- n. A Comma. Hallam, Lit. Hist, of Europe, i. 8
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- n. a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
French, comma, obelus, from Late Latin virgula, accentual mark, from Latin, obelus, diminutive of virga, rod.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin virgula, diminutive of virga ("rod, branch"). (Wiktionary)