[ pen-uh-sil ]
/ ˈpɛn ə sɪl /
a small, brushlike tuft of hairs, as on a caterpillar.
Origin of penicil
First recorded in 1820–30, penicil is from the Latin word pēnicillus painter's brush or pencil. See pencil
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