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  • n. Plural form of penholder.


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  • Besides popular decorative globes and novelty items such as penholders, the company sells practical pieces such as stemware and vases.

    Charleston Daily Mail -

  • If Edward Bulwer-Lytton is right in his verse, there is no doubt ultimate victory will belong to the penholders:

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: The Art of War on Ethiopia's Independent Press

  • There was a bottle of Daly's Best Bookkeeping Ink, red, and another of black; a little round cardboard box of steel pen nibs; three wooden penholders, all of them chewed at the ends; a scrap of red-and-black-stained rag obviously used as a pen wiper; five unused long blue envelopes; a tan rectangle of chewing tobacco marked with a red metal star; and a folded sheet of paper.

    Time and Again

  • In the same shop may be found albums and prayer-books with ivory covers; and, not far away, penholders, curious toys, and parasol-handles, all made of the glossy white material.

    Reading Made Easy for Foreigners - Third Reader

  • She sat at the tiny desk and touched the pearl penholders and the pencils with Rosanna's name printed on them in gold letters.

    The Girl Scouts at Home, or, Rosanna's Beautiful Day

  • Appropriate rations would be included, in the entrance money, while there might be canteens for the sale of such extras as bootlaces and penholders.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, Jan. 8, 1919

  • There are people to whom a ream of virgin paper is an inspiration, who find the first sharpening of a pencil the most lovable of all labours, who see something almost holy in the dedication of green and red penholders to their appropriate inks, in whose ears and before whose eyes the alphabet is like a poem or a prayer.

    Living Alone

  • The quills were large enough to make excellent penholders.

    African Camp Fires

  • Here were vended tobacco and sweets, cheap pipes of clay and cherry-wood; penny exercise-books and penholders jostled for precedence with comic songs, and story papers with appalling cuts showed that romance claimed its place beside the actualities of the evening paper, the bills of which fluttered at the doorway.

    The House of Souls

  • HOLMES had an odd liking for ingenious desk-accessories in the way of pencil-sharpeners, paper-weights, penholders, etc. The latest contrivances in this fashion -- probably dropped down to him by the inventor angling for a nibble of commendation -- were always making one another's acquaintance on his study table.

    Ponkapog Papers.


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