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[ pen-uh-sil ]
/ ˈpɛn ə sɪl /


a small, brushlike tuft of hairs, as on a caterpillar.

Nearby words

penguin, pengö, penholder, penhsi, penial, penicil, penicillamine, penicillate, penicillin, penicillin g, penicillin v

Origin of penicil

First recorded in 1820–30, penicil is from the Latin word pēnicillus painter's brush or pencil. See pencil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019