penknife

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English[edit]

a penknife

Etymology[edit]

originally a small knife used for cutting the nib of a quill pen

Noun[edit]

penknife (plural penknives)

  1. A small pocketknife; a small knife with a blade which folds into the hand. Penknives often incorporate other tools such as corkscrews, and are generally smaller than pocketknives as a group.

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