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utensil

[yoo-ten-suh l] /yuˈtɛn səl/
noun
1.
any of the instruments or vessels commonly used in a kitchen, dairy, etc.:
eating utensils; baking utensils.
2.
any instrument, vessel, or tool serving a useful purpose:
smoking utensils; fishing utensils; farming utensils.
Origin of utensil
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (collective singular): household articles < Middle French utensile < Latin ūtēnsilia, neuter plural of ūtēnsilis useful, derivative of ūtī to use
Synonyms
2. See tool.
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utensil

/juːˈtɛnsəl/
noun
1.
an implement, tool, or container for practical use: writing utensils
Word Origin
C14 utensele, via Old French from Latin ūtēnsilia necessaries, from ūtēnsilis available for use, from ūtī to use
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Word Origin and History for utensil
n.

late 14c., from Old French utensile "implement," from Latin utensilia "materials, things for use," noun use of neuter plural of utensilis "fit for use," from uti (see use).

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