tortillon

[tawr-tee-on, -ohn; French tawr-tee-yawn]
noun, plural tor·til·lions [tawr-tee-onz, -ohnz; French tawr-tee-yawn] /ˌtɔr tiˈɒnz, -ˈoʊnz; French tɔr tiˈyɔ̃/.
  1. a stump made of paper twisted to a point, used in drawing.

Origin of tortillon

1890–95; < French: literally, something twisted < tortill(er) to twist (see tort) + -on noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for tortillon

Historical Examples of tortillon

  • Tortillon stumps are used in making the face, when it is desired to produce the stump effect, and also in making the hair.

    Crayon Portraiture

    Jerome A. Barhydt

  • It will also be well to make a chamois block for applying the crayon sauce, to be worked with the tortillon stump.

    Crayon Portraiture

    Jerome A. Barhydt


British Dictionary definitions for tortillon

tortillon

noun
  1. another word for stump (def. 5)

Word Origin for tortillon

from French: something twisted, from Old French tortiller to twist
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