[ tawr-tee-on, -ohn; French tawr-tee-yawn ]
/ ˌtɔr tiˈɒn, -ˈoʊn; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃ /
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noun, plural tor·til·lions [tawr-tee-onz, -ohnz; French tawr-tee-yawn]. /ˌtɔr tiˈɒnz, -ˈoʊnz; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/.
a stump made of paper twisted to a point, used in drawing.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of tortillon
1890–95; <French: literally, something twisted <tortill(er) to twist (see tort) + -on noun suffix
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Example sentences from the Web for tortillon
Tortillon stumps are used in making the face, when it is desired to produce the stump effect, and also in making the hair.
It will also be well to make a chamois block for applying the crayon sauce, to be worked with the tortillon stump.
British Dictionary definitions for tortillon
/ (ˌtɔːtiːˈɒn, -ˈəʊn, French tɔrtijɔ̃) /
another word for stump (def. 5)
Word Origin for tortillon
from French: something twisted, from Old French tortiller to twist
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