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a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
(printing) a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character

“lines at the top or bottom of a letter;” see sans-serif.

in typography, 1841, earlier ceref (1827); see sans-serif.


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