conte crayon

Conté

[kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey]
plural Contés [kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey] .
Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.
Also called Conté crayon.


Origin:
1850–55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it

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conte (kɔ̃t)
 
n
a tale or short story, esp of adventure

Conté (ˈkɒnteɪ, French kɔ̃te)
 
n
trademark Also called: conté-crayon a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown
 
[C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist]

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conte crayon

drawing pencil named after Nicolas-Jacques Conte, the French scientist who invented it late in the 18th century. The conte crayon is an especially hard pencil, made of an admixture of graphite and clay that can be varied for different degrees of hardness. It is usually made in black, red, or brown and is used as a drawing medium in any combination of these colours

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