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graphite

graphite  

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Mineral—a form of carbon—used as the ‘lead’ in pencils, among other purposes. It is mined in various parts of the world and can also be made synthetically.
graphite pencil

graphite pencil  

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The invention of the pencil c.1560, was first documented in 1565. Although known as the lead (earlier ‘black-lead’) pencil, it was (from 1795) made of graphite (also plumbago, or wadd) ...
lead pencil

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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Popular name for the *graphite *pencil.

lead pencil

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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Art & Architecture
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The modern lead pencil was introduced in 1795 and is a writing or drawing tool consisting of a thin rod made from a mixture of ...

pencil

pencil  

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Writing or drawing instrument consisting of a slender rod of graphite or similar substance encased in a cylinder of wood (or less usually metal or plastic). Although the material is graphite (a form ...
propelling pencil

propelling pencil  

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A pencil in which a slim cylinder of graphite, known as a lead (see lead pencil), is held within a tubular case, and advanced mechanically for writing. The lead is ...
stylus

stylus  

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[Ar]A writing implement consisting of a small rod with a pointed end for scratching letters on wax‐covered tablets and a blunt end for obliterating them.

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