left parenthesis

left parenthesis

(character)
"(". ASCII character 40.

Common names: left paren; left parenthesis; left; open; paren (")" = thesis); open paren; open parenthesis; left parenthesis; left banana. Rare: so (")" = already); lparen; ITU-T: opening parenthesis; open round bracket, left round bracket, INTERCAL: wax (")" = wane); parenthisey (")" = unparenthisey); left ear.

Paired with right parenthesis (")").
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A foot is a sequence of one or more asterisks preceded by a left parenthesis or followed by a right parenthesis.
Unlike (7) the Iterative Footing rule for "loose" iambs (23) begins with a skip step and inserts a left parenthesis rather than a right one:
ii) insert a left parenthesis to the left of an asterisk.
I included the empty fish bowl, made out of a left parenthesis, space, underline, space, right parenthesis, to add five apparently meaningless symbol characters to harden the key.