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penknife

[pen-nahyf] /ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/
noun, plural penknives.
1.
a small pocketknife, formerly one used for making and sharpening quill pens.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see pen1, knife
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British Dictionary definitions for pen knives

penknife

/ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/
noun (pl) -knives
1.
a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle; pocketknife
Word Origin
C15: so called because it was originally used for making and repairing quill pens
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Word Origin and History for pen knives
penknife
early 15c., so called because such small knives were used to sharpen quills.
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