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[tawr-tee-on, -ohn; French tawr-tee-yawn] /ˌtɔr tiˈɒn, -ˈoʊn; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/
noun, plural tortillions
[tawr-tee-onz, -ohnz; French tawr-tee-yawn] /ˌtɔr tiˈɒnz, -ˈoʊnz; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a stump made of paper twisted to a point, used in drawing.
Origin of tortillon
1890-95; < French: literally, something twisted < tortill(er) to twist (see tort) + -on noun suffix Unabridged
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  • tortillon stumps are used in making the face, when it is desired to produce the stump effect, and also in making the hair.

    Crayon Portraiture Jerome A. Barhydt
  • It will also be well to make a chamois block for applying the crayon sauce, to be worked with the tortillon stump.

    Crayon Portraiture Jerome A. Barhydt
British Dictionary definitions for tortillon


/ˌtɔːtiːˈɒn; -ˈəʊn; French tɔrtijɔ̃/
another word for stump (sense 5)
Word Origin
from French: something twisted, from Old French tortiller to twist
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