paperknife


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pa·per·knife

 (pā′pər-nīf′)
n.
A thin dull knife used for opening sealed envelopes, slitting uncut pages of books, and creasing paper.

paperknife

(ˈpeɪpəˌnaɪf)
n, pl -knives
(Tools) a knife with a comparatively blunt blade, esp one of wood, bone, etc, for opening sealed envelopes
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Noun1.paperknife - dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of bookspaperknife - dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books
knife - edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
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