Pencil flower
Pencil Pen"cil, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster]

With subtile pencil depainted was this storie. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A slender cylinder or strip of black lead, colored chalk, slate etc., or such a cylinder or strip inserted in a small wooden rod intended to be pointed, or in a case, which forms a handle, -- used for drawing or writing. See {Graphite}. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, figuratively, an artist's ability or peculiar manner; also, in general, the act or occupation of the artist, descriptive writer, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. (Opt.) An aggregate or collection of rays of light, especially when diverging from, or converging to, a point. [1913 Webster]

5. (Geom.) A number of lines that intersect in one point, the point of intersection being called the pencil point. [1913 Webster]

6. (Med.) A small medicated bougie. [1913 Webster]

{Pencil case}, a holder for pencil lead.

{Pencil flower} (Bot.), an American perennial leguminous herb ({Stylosanthes elatior}).

{Pencil lead}, a slender rod of black lead, or the like, adapted for insertion in a holder. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pencil — Pen cil, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster] With subtile pencil… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pencil case — Pencil Pen cil, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster] With subtile pencil …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pencil lead — Pencil Pen cil, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster] With subtile pencil …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pencil of rays — Ray Ray, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.] 1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ray flower — Ray Ray, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.] 1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hair pencil — Hair Hair (h[^a]r), n. [OE. her, heer, h[ae]r, AS. h[=ae]r; akin to OFries. h[=e]r, D. & G. haar, OHG. & Icel. h[=a]r, Dan. haar, Sw. h[*a]r; cf. Lith. kasa.] 1. The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stylosanthes elatior — Pencil Pen cil, n. [OF. pincel, F. pinceau, L. penicillum, penicillus, equiv. to peniculus, dim. of penis a tail. Cf. {Penicil}.] 1. A small, fine brush of hair or bristles used by painters for laying on colors. [1913 Webster] With subtile pencil …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stylosanthes biflora — ID 81565 Symbol Key STBI2 Common Name sidebeak pencilflower Family Fabaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, AZ, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • stylosanthes — ˌstīləˈsan(ˌ)thēz noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from Greek stylos pillar + New Latin anthes more at steer : a genus of herbs (family Leguminosae) that are widely distributed in warm regions and have pinnately trifoliolate leaves… …   Useful english dictionary

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