You can also specify repetition within patterns. : Regexps Repetition « Development « Ruby

You can also specify repetition within patterns.

/ab+c/ matches a string containing an a followed by one or more b's, followed by a c. 
/ab*c/ matches one a, zero or more b's, and one c. 


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