ink·​stone ˈiŋk-ˌstōn How to pronounce inkstone (audio)
: a stone used in Chinese art and calligraphy on which dry ink and water are mixed

Examples of inkstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rings are on a Chinese inkstone. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2020 The inkstone left a particular impression on Merritt. Matt Stirn, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 Similarly, in shodo, the master will grind the inkstone to produce the ink for the calligraphy to be written. Greg Story, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inkstone was in 1732

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“Inkstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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