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pencil

noun [C, U]
 
 
/ˈpensəl/
A1 a long, thin wooden object with a black or coloured point that you write or draw with Writing implementsPainting and drawing materials
Translations of “pencil”
in Korean 연필…
in Arabic قَلَم رَصاص…
in French crayon…
in Turkish kurşun kalem…
in Italian matita…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鉛筆, 化妝筆, 一束光…
in Russian карандаш…
in Polish ołówek…
in Spanish lápiz…
in Portuguese lápis…
in German der (Blei)Stift, Bleistift……
in Catalan llapis…
in Japanese 鉛筆…
in Chinese (Simplified) 铅笔, 化妆笔, 一束光…
(Definition of pencil from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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