fusain


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fu·sain

 (fyo͞o′zān, fyo͞o-zān′)
n.
1.
a. Fine charcoal in stick form, made from the wood of the spindle tree.
b. A sketch or drawing made with this charcoal.
2. A black, friable band in bituminous coal, characterized by a fibrous structure and silky luster.

[French, spindle tree, charcoal made from its wood, from Vulgar Latin *fūsāgō, *fūsāgin-, spindle (formerly made from the wood of a spindle tree), from Latin fūsus.]

fusain

(fjuːˈzeɪn; French fyzɛ̃)
n
1. (Art Terms) a fine charcoal pencil or stick made from the spindle tree
2. (Art Terms) a drawing done with such a pencil
3. (Elements & Compounds) a dull black brittle form of carbon resembling charcoal, found in certain coals
[C19: from French: spindle tree or charcoal made from it, from Vulgar Latin fūsāgō (unattested) a spindle (generally made from the spindle tree), from Latin fūsus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fusain - a stick of black carbon material used for drawing
writing implement - an implement that is used to write
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