[fyoo-zeyn, fyoo-zeyn; French fy-zan]
noun, plural fusains [fyoo-zeynz, fyoo-zeynz; French fy-zan] , for 2.
a fine charcoal used in drawing, made from the wood of the spindle tree.
a drawing made with this charcoal.
a blackish-gray, friable component of coal with a silky luster that leaves a charcoallike mark.

1865–70; < French: spindle tree, charcoal made from its wood < Vulgar Latin *fūsāgīn- (stem of *fūsāgō), derivative of Latin fūsus spindle

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fusain (fjuːˈzeɪn, French fyzɛ̃)
1.  a fine charcoal pencil or stick made from the spindle tree
2.  a drawing done with such a pencil
3.  a dull black brittle form of carbon resembling charcoal, found in certain coals
[C19: from French: spindle tree or charcoal made from it, from Vulgar Latin fūsāgō (unattested) a spindle (generally made from the spindle tree), from Latin fūsus]

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Some petrified trees have fossilized charcoal called fusain in their trunks.
Fusain shows that the trees were once in the path of a fire.
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