- a small pennon, as at the head of a lance.
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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This is usually a pensil structure and is hung from the branches at from four to fifty or more feet from the ground.
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
pensel or pensil
- a small pennon, originally one carried by a knight's squire
Word Origin for pencel
C13: via Anglo-French from Old French penoncel a little pennon
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