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[pen-suh l]
  1. pencel.
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or pen·sil

[pen-suh l]
  1. a small pennon, as at the head of a lance.
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Also pen·non·cel, pen·on·cel [pen-uh n-sel] /ˈpɛn ənˌsɛl/.

Origin of pencel

1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, syncopated variant of penoncel pennoncel
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Historical Examples of pensil

  • This is usually a pensil structure and is hung from the branches at from four to fifty or more feet from the ground.

    Birds and Nature Vol. 11 No. 1 [January 1902]


  • A man named Pensil, who had gained the island, was pursued there and slain by his own Tory brother.

    In the Days of Washington

    William Murray Graydon

British Dictionary definitions for pensil


pensel or pensil

  1. a small pennon, originally one carried by a knight's squire
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Word Origin for pencel

C13: via Anglo-French from Old French penoncel a little pennon
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