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asterisk

noun [C]     /ˈæs.tər.ɪsk/ US  /-tɚ-/
the symbol * , used to refer readers to a note at the bottom of a page of text, or to show that a letter is missing from a word: Sometimes taboo words are written with asterisks to avoid causing offence.Punctuation
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