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dessert knife

a knife used during the dessert course, usually somewhat smaller than a dinner knife.
Origin of dessert knife
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Yes, I will go," I cried, seizing a dessert-knife which was on my bureau.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • Ted lifted his brown eyes to hers, but she sat with eyes downcast, playing with her dessert-knife.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • Brandishing his dessert-knife, he shouts, 'Avançons, mes amis!

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • His pipe not drawing, he was preparing to dig it with the point of a dessert-knife, when Doggie interposed hurriedly.

    The Rough Road William John Locke

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