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 for command-line interpreter
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  command interpreter
  command-line interpreter
  
      A program which reads textual commands from
     the user or from a file and executes them.  Some commands may
     be executed directly within the interpreter itself
     (e.g. setting variables or control constructs), others may
     cause it to load and execute other files.
  
     Unix's command interpreters are known as shells.
  
     When an IBM PC is booted BIOS loads and runs the
     MS-DOS command interpreter into memory from file COMMAND.COM
     found on a floppy disk or hard disk drive.  The commands
     that COMMAND.COM recognizes (e.g. COPY, DIR, PRN) are called
     internal commands, in contrast to external commands which are
     executable files.
  
     (1995-03-16)
  

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