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 for ampersand
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ampersand \Am"per*sand\, n. [A corruption of and, per se and, i.
     e., & by itself makes and.]
     A word used to describe the character ?, ?, or &.
     --Halliwell.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ampersand
      n 1: a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  ampersand
  &
  amper
  
      "&" ASCII character 38.
  
     Common names: ITU-T, INTERCAL: ampersand; amper; and.
     Rare: address (from C); reference (from C++); bitand;
     background (from sh); pretzel; amp.
  
     A common symbol for "and", used as the "address of" operator
     in C, the "reference" operator in C++ and a bitwise and
     or logical and operator in several programming languages.
     Visual BASIC uses it as the string concatenation
     operator and to prefix octal and hexadecimal numbers.
  
     UNIX shells use the character to indicate that a task
     should be run in the background (single "&" suffix) or
     (following C's lazy and), in a compound command of the
     form "a && b" to indicate that the command b should only be
     run if command a terminates successfully.
  
     The ampersand is a ligature (combination) of the cursive
     letters "e" and "t", invented in 63 BC by Marcus Tirus [Tiro?]
     as shorthand for the Latin word for "and", "et".
  
     The word ampersand is a conflation (combination) of "and, per
     se and".  Per se means "by itself", and so the phrase
     translates to "&, standing by itself, means 'and'".  This was
     at the end of the alphabet as it was recited by children in
     old English schools.  The words ran together and were
     associated with "&".  The "ampersand" spelling dates from
     1837.
  
     Take our word for it
     http://takeourword.com/Issue010.html)">(http://takeourword.com/Issue010.html).
  
     (2012-07-18)
  

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