penknife

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English[edit]

a penknife

Etymology[edit]

pen +‎ knife, as originally 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, but are generally smaller than pocketknives.

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