- a flavored or medicated lozenge; troche.
- a roll or cone of paste containing aromatic substances, burned as a disinfectant or deodorant.
- pastel for crayons.
- a crayon made of pastel.
Also pas·til [pas-til] /ˈpæs tɪl/.
Origin of pastille
1610–20; < French < Spanish pastilla; akin to Latin pastillus lump of meal, lozenge, akin to pānis bread
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Examples from the Web for pastille
Those mosquitoes have paid you out for that pastille—by Jove, they have!The Travelling Companions
Perhaps he exhales a delicate scent, as he chews a pastille.The Physiology of Marriage, Complete
Honore de Balzac
A pastille (lozenge) is a disc-shaped sweetmeat, but a pastel (crayon) is a pencil made of coloured chalk.
There was, even on the little stone staircase, a faint odour of pastille or scent spray, or something of feminine suggestion.From One Generation to Another
Henry Seton Merriman
But upon Oswald De Gex, who was still munching his pastille, the odour apparently had no effect.The Stretton Street Affair
William Le Queux
- a small flavoured or medicated lozenge for chewing
- an aromatic substance burnt to fumigate the air
- med a small coated paper disc formerly used to estimate the dose or intensity of radiation (esp of X-rays): it changes colour when exposed
- a variant of pastel (def. 1)
C17: via French from Latin pastillus small loaf, from pānis bread
- A small medicated or flavored tablet; a troche.
- A tablet containing aromatic substances that is burned to fumigate or deodorize the air.
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