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tortillon

[tawr-tee-on, -ohn; French tawr-tee-yawn] /ˌtɔr tiˈɒn, -ˈoʊn; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/
noun, plural tortillions
[tawr-tee-onz, -ohnz; French tawr-tee-yawn] /ˌtɔr tiˈɒnz, -ˈoʊnz; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
1.
a stump made of paper twisted to a point, used in drawing.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French: literally, something twisted < tortill(er) to twist (see tort) + -on noun suffix
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Examples for tortillon
  • Demonstrate how to create different values by using a drawing pencil or a piece of charcoal and a tortillon.
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tortillon

/ˌtɔːtiːˈɒn; -ˈəʊn; French tɔrtijɔ̃/
noun
1.
another word for stump (sense 5)
Word Origin
from French: something twisted, from Old French tortiller to twist
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