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pointel

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[poin-tl]
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noun
  1. a pavement of tile mosaic forming an abstract design.
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Sometimes poyn·tell [poin-tel] /ˈpɔɪn tɛl/, poyn·till [poin-til] /ˈpɔɪn tɪl/.

Origin of pointel

1250–1300; Middle English: stylus, pencil, pointed instrument < Old French: point of a spear (French pointeau); cognate with Italian puntello, diminutive of punto point; see -elle
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Historical Examples

  • Hence markede is 'wrote down'; and pointel refers to the stilus.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 2 (of 7)

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Upon the plain wall, a palm with pointel in fingers is seen writing.

  • Pointel, poin′tel, n. a sharp instrument: any sharp-pointed thing.