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Princeton's WordNet

  1. charcoal, fusainnoun

    a stick of black carbon material used for drawing


  1. fusainnoun

    Fine charcoal of willow wood, used as a drawing implement.

  2. fusainnoun

    A drawing made with it.


  1. Fusain

    Fusain is a fossilised carbon deposit which, after some controversy, has been identified as fossilised charcoal.It is fibrous, black and opaque, and often preserves details of cell wall architecture. Wood-derived fusain usually takes the form of cubic blocks, whereas fusain from other plant material may take the form of thin films which are only visible under a microscope where the surrounding rock is dissolved by acid maceration. The material is silky and crumbles on the touch. The loss of volatile elements during combustion means that fusain fossils are usually smaller than the original organism, but this same factor makes them unlikely to be eaten by any animals (for they have no nutritional value), enhancing their preservation potential.Fusain shows characteristics diagnostic of pyrolysis in modern material: the cell walls of xylem are homogenized, and subsequently crack along their middles.


  1. fusain

    Fusain is a type of fine charcoal used in art for sketching and drawing, known for its distinct, slightly glossy texture. It can also refer to an easily crumbled variety of coal, also known as charcoal coal, often found in thin layers in bituminous coal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fusainnoun

    fine charcoal of willow wood, used as a drawing implement

  2. Fusainnoun

    a drawing made with it. See Charcoal, n. 2, and Charcoal drawing, under Charcoal

  3. Etymology: [F., the spindle tree; also, charcoal made from it.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fusain in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fusain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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