Conté

[ kohn-tey, kon-tee; French kawn-tey ]
/ koʊnˈteɪ, ˈkɒn ti; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ /

plural Con·tés [kohn-teyz, kon-teez; French kawn-tey] /koʊnˈteɪz, ˈkɒn tiz; French kɔ̃ˈteɪ/.

Trademark. a brand of crayon made of graphite and clay, usually in black, red, or brown.

Origin of Conté

1850–55; named after N. J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist, who invented it
Also called Conté crayon.
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British Dictionary definitions for conté (1 of 2)

Conté

/ (ˈkɒnteɪ, French kɔ̃te) /

noun

trademark a hard crayon used by artists, etc, made of clay and graphite and often coloured a reddish-brownAlso called: conté-crayon

Word Origin for Conté

C19: named after N.J. Conté, 18th-century French chemist

British Dictionary definitions for conté (2 of 2)

conte

/ French (kɔ̃t) /

noun

a tale or short story, esp of adventure
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