Definitions for "General entity"
a mechanism in XML and SGML for including arbitrary text and markup from another resource or file into the current document
An entity for use in document content. When used in documents, the name of a general entity must be preceded by an ampersand (&) and should be followed by a semicolon (;).
Used to reference text or previously defined markup instructions within the body of an SGML document. General entities are referenced using the `&' character.