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fusain

[fyoo-zeyn, fyoo-zeyn; French fy-zan] /fyuˈzeɪn, ˈfyu zeɪn; French füˈzɛ̃/
noun, plural fusains
[fyoo-zeynz, fyoo-zeynz; French fy-zan] /fyuˈzeɪnz, ˈfyu zeɪnz; French füˈzɛ̃/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
a fine charcoal used in drawing, made from the wood of the spindle tree.
2.
a drawing made with this charcoal.
3.
a blackish-gray, friable component of coal with a silky luster that leaves a charcoallike mark.
Origin
1865-1870
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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Examples from the web for fusain
  • Some petrified trees have fossilized charcoal called fusain in their trunks.
  • fusain shows that the trees were once in the path of a fire.
British Dictionary definitions for fusain

fusain

/fjuːˈzeɪn; French fyzɛ̃/
noun
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
Word Origin
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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