In org-mode, is there a markup like LaTeX's description?

  \item[First] The first item
  \item[Second] The second item
  \item[Third] The third etc \ldots


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Please note that the items are in bold face. and if the description is longer than one line, the second line (and the following line) would be indented right.

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Description lists are of the form

  - Keyword :: description of keyword, which may be as long as you like and 
      spread over several lines
  - Header :: description of header

These are rendered as description in LaTeX export. org-modes filling commands will correctly fill such items. You can separate the list from other text by a blank line.

  • Wow, that's really simple yet powerful. Thank you.
    – Nick
    Jan 4, 2015 at 10:16

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