Penknife



[pen-nahyf] /ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/

noun, plural penknives.
1.
a small pocketknife, formerly one used for making and sharpening quill .
/ˈpɛnˌnaɪf/
noun (pl) -knives
1.
a small knife with one or more blades that fold into the handle; pocketknife
n.

early 15c., from pen (n.1) + knife (n.). So called because such small knives were used to sharpen quills.

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