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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.
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) ...
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Popular name for the *graphite *pencil.
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
[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.