easel

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1596, from Dutch ezel (easel), originally “donkey”, from Middle Dutch esel (donkey), from Latin asinus (donkey); from the comparison of a donkey carrying a burden and putting a painting on a wooden stand.

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An easel

easel (plural easels)

  1. An upright frame, typically on three legs, for displaying or supporting something, such as an artist’s canvas.
    • 1991, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: American Christmas, Dark Horse Books
      Three sons … three! And not one sees fit to throw in with the old man. No … we have an easel painter, a stuntman, and a … a …

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