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 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 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 …   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

  • Flora of Ohio — This list includes plants native and introduced to the state of Ohio, designated (N) and (I), respectively. Varieties and subspecies link to their parent species. A * Abies balsamea var. balsamea (N) * Abutilon theophrasti (I) * Acalypha deamii… …   Wikipedia

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