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See also: vírgula and virgulă

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An image of a virga or virgula, displaying its stem

EtymologyEdit

From Latin virgula (twig; wand; scratch comma), from virga (branch; rod) + -ulus (-ule: forming diminutives). As a dowsing rod, via virgula divina or divinatoria.

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NounEdit

virgula (plural virgulas or virgulae)

  1. (zoology) A small, thin, straight growth, particularly:
    1. (obsolete) The spines of a ray.
    2. (obsolete) The sicula of a graptolite.
  2. (obsolete) A divining or dowsing rod.
  3. (rare) Any small rod.
  4. (typography, rare) Synonym of virgule: a punctuation mark.
    • 1728, Ephraim Chambers, "Point" in Cyclopædia:
      A Point with a Virgula, call'd a Semicolon.
    • 1934, Robert C. Priebsch & al., The German Language, volume II, chapter x, page 380:
      The full stop or, instead, a virgula, i.e. a short slanting strike (/) is used... to mark the end of a sentence or of a portion of a sentence followed by a pause.
  5. (music, obsolete) Synonym of stem: the tail of a note.
  6. (music, historical, obsolete) Synonym of virga: one of the neumes of medieval musical notation.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "virgula, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1917.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From virga (twig, branch) +‎ -ula. As a typographic mark, from its resemblance and size.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

virgula f (genitive virgulae); first declension

  1. a small rod, stick, wand, or staff
  2. (medieval, typography) the slash mark/⟩, particularly (historical or obsolete) in its medieval use as a scratch comma.

InflectionEdit

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative virgula virgulae
Genitive virgulae virgulārum
Dative virgulae virgulīs
Accusative virgulam virgulās
Ablative virgulā virgulīs
Vocative virgula virgulae

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