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pen1

pen1

 
 
pronunciation:
pen
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part of speech: noun
definition: a long, thin tool used for writing or drawing in ink.
 
Word History
The English word pen comes from penna, the Latin word for "feather." Writing was done with a feather pen for over a thousand years. The "penknife" is so called because it was used to sharpen the point of a feather pen.
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