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burin

[ byoor-in, bur- ]
/ ˈbyʊər ɪn, ˈbɜr- /
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noun
a tempered steel rod, with a lozenge-shaped point and a rounded handle, used for engraving furrows in metal.
a similar tool used by marble workers.
a prehistoric pointed or chisellike flint tool.
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Origin of burin

1655–65; <French <Italian burino (now bulino) graving tool, equivalent to bur- (perhaps <Germanic; see bore2) + -ino-ine2
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British Dictionary definitions for burin

burin
/ (ˈbjʊərɪn) /

noun
a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp lozenge-shaped point, used for engraving furrows in metal, wood, or marble
an engraver's individual style
archaeol a prehistoric flint tool with a very small transverse edge

Word Origin for burin

C17: from French, perhaps from Italian burino, of Germanic origin: compare Old High German boro auger; see bore 1
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