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A child selector in CSS is the "greater than" symbol, it looks like this:

ol > li {
  margin: 5px;
}

It means "select elements that are direct descendants only". In this case: "select list items that are direct descendants of an ordered list". To illustrate:

<ol>
  <li>WILL be selected</li>
  <li>WILL be selected</li>
  <ul>
     <li>Will NOT be selected</li>
     <li>Will NOT be selected</li>
  </ul>
  <li>WILL be selected</li>
</ol>

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