MEANING: noun:
1. A sign (- or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to indicate a spurious or doubtful word or passage.
2. A sign (†) used to indicate reference marks. Also known as obelisk or dagger.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin obelus, from Greek obelos (spit). Earliest documented use: c. 450.

NOTES: In typography, an asterisk is used to indicate a footnote as is an obelus aka obelisk. In Asterix comics, the character Obelix is the best friend of the hero Asterix.

OBILUS - just send us the charges

OBOELUS - a diminutive double-reeded woodwind

NOBEL US - Well? We're waiting for the prize!