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Conté

[kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪ, ˈkɒn ti; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/
plural Contés
[kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪz, ˈkɒn tiz; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.
Also called Conté crayon.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it
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British Dictionary definitions for conte crayon

conte

/kɔ̃t/
noun
1.
a tale or short story, esp of adventure

Conté

/ˈkɒnteɪ; French kɔ̃te/
noun
1.
trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown Also called conté-crayon
Word Origin
C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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conte

a short tale, often recounting an adventure. The term may also refer to a narrative that is somewhat shorter than the average novel but longer than a short story. Better known examples include Jean de La Fontaine's Contes et nouvelles en vers (Tales and Novels in Verse), published over the course of many years; Charles Perrault's Contes de ma mere l'oye (1697; Tales of Mother Goose); and Auguste, comte de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's Contes cruels (1883; Cruel Tales). The word is derived from the French conter, "to relate."

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