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

  • n. See punty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A punty; a metal rod used in the glassblowing process. After a glass vessel has been blown to approximate size and the bottom of the piece has been finalized, the rod, which is tipped with a wad of hot glass, is attached to the bottom of the vessel to hold it while the top is finalized. It often leaves an irregular or ring-shaped scar on the base when removed called the "pontil mark".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as pontee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An iron rod used in glass-making for handling, and especially for revolving rapidly, the soft glass in the process of formation, especially in the making of crown-glass.

Etymologies

French, possibly from Italian puntello, diminutive of punto, point, from Latin pūnctum, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French pontil, from Italian pontello or puntello, dim. of punto, from Latin punctum ("a point") (Wiktionary)

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  • In glassmaking, a solid metal rod usually tipped with a wad of hot glass, then applied to the base of a vessel to hold it during manufacture. It often leaves an irregular or ring-shaped scar on the base when removed. The scar is called the pontil mark. A pontil is also called a punty.

    November 9, 2007