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Conté

[kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪ, ˈkɒn ti; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/
plural Contés
[kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪz, ˈkɒn tiz; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.
Also called Conté crayon.
Origin of Conté
1850-1855
1850-55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it
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Conté

/ˈkɒnteɪ; French kɔ̃te/
noun
1.
trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brown Also called conté-crayon
Word Origin
C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist

conte

/kɔ̃t/
noun
1.
a tale or short story, esp of adventure
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