[[t]ˈkɒm ə[/t]] n. pl. -mas
1) the sign (,), a mark of punctuation used to indicate a division in a sentence, as in setting off a word, phrase, or clause, to separate items in a list, to mark off thousands in numerals, to separate types or levels of information in bibliographic and other data, and, in Europe, as a decimal point
2) ent a brown and black nymphalid butterfly, Polygonia comma, with a silver comma mark on the underwing
Etymology: 1520–30; < LL: mark of punctuation, L: division of a phrase < Gk kómma piece cut off (referring to the phrase so marked) < kóptein to strike, chop

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