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Ampersand
two versions
& (italic, 1735)
an elegant italic version

The ampersand ("&") is a logogram.

It represents the Latin conjunction et, meaning "and". The ampersand's symbol is not only a logogram, but also a ligature. It joins the old handwritten Latin letters e and t of the word et, so that the word is represented as a single glyph.

With a c added on it means "et cetera", "and so on".

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