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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
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."