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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: pincel 'paintbrush', from Latin penicillus 'little tail', from penis; PENIS

pencil

1 noun
     
pencil
pen‧cil1 S2 [uncountable and countable]
DH an instrument that you use for writing or drawing, consisting of a wooden stick with a thin piece of a black or coloured substance in the middle:
a sharp pencil
a blue pencil
in pencil
a note written in pencil
a pencil sketch

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