Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fine charcoal in stick form, made from the wood of the spindle tree.
  • n. A sketch or drawing made with this charcoal.
  • n. A dull dark-gray, brittle, porous type of bituminous coal resembling charcoal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fine charcoal of willow wood, used as a drawing implement.
  • n. A drawing made with it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fine charcoal of willow wood, used as a drawing implement.
  • n. A drawing made with it. See charcoal, n. 2, and Charcoal drawing, under charcoal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A crayon of fine charcoal; also, a charcoal sketch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stick of black carbon material used for drawing

Etymologies

French, spindle tree, charcoal made from its wood, from Vulgar Latin *fūsāgō, *fūsāgin-, spindle (formerly made from the wood of a spindle tree), from Latin fūsus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fusain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Moins que maintenant bien sur mais je pense que ce sera possible ya pas d'raison et ... pis ... heu ben bien entendu je m'arme de sketchbook de fusain de crayon de bois de sanguine enfin!

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