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See also: coma, čoma, and čomā

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EnglishEdit

 
a comma butterfly

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin comma, from Ancient Greek κόμμα (kómma), from κόπτω (kóptō, I cut)

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NounEdit

comma (plural commas or commata)

  1. (typography) The punctuation mark,used to indicate a set off parts of a sentence or between elements of a list.
  2. (Romanian typography) A similar-looking subscript diacritical mark.
  3. A European and North American butterfly, Polygonia c-album, of the family Nymphalidae.
  4. (music) a difference in the calculation of nearly identical intervals by different ways.
  5. (genetics) A delimiting marker between items in a genetic sequence.
  6. In Ancient Greek rhetoric a comma (κόμμα) is a short clause, something less than a colon, originally denoted by comma marks. In antiquity comma was defined as a combination of words that has no more than eight syllables. This term is later applied to longer phrases, e.g. the Johannine comma.

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Punctuation

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comma

  1. third-person singular past historic of commer

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NounEdit

comma m (plural commi)

  1. (law) subsection
  2. (music) comma

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the Ancient Greek κόμμα (kómma), from κόπτω (kóptō, I cut).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

comma n (genitive commatis); third declension

  1. (in grammar):
    1. a comma (a division, member, or section of a period smaller than a colon)
    2. a comma (a mark of punctuation)
  2. (in verse) a caesura

Usage notesEdit

  • In the works of Cicero and Quintilian, the untransliterated Greek κόμμα (kómma) is used for comma in the grammatical sense of “a division…of a period smaller than a colon”.

DeclensionEdit

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative comma commata
genitive commatis commatum
dative commatī commatibus
accusative comma commata
ablative commate commatibus
vocative comma commata

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