From Middle English obelus, obelo, from Old English obelus, from Late Latin obelus, from Koine Greek ὀβελός, Ancient Greek ὀβελός. The further etymology is Unknown; a derivation from βέλος (from Proto-Indo-European *gʷelH-) has been suggested, but the initial vowel remains unexplained. The English word is a obelisk.
The plural form obeli is derived from Late Latin obeli, from Ancient Greek ὀβελοί.
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