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definition of the word pencil

by the Wiktionnary

From Old French pincil (modern pinceau ‘paintbrush’), from a diminutive of Latin peniculus ‘brush’, diminutive of Latin penis ‘tail’.

Singular
pencil

Plural
pencils

pencil (plural pencils)

  1. (obsolete) A paintbrush.
  2. Writing utensil that uses graphite (commonly referred to as lead). Regular pencils usually have a graphite shaft surrounded by wood. Also available in a mechanical version where the graphite length can be adjusted and sharpening is not needed.


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