lead pencil

noun
\ˈled- \

Definition of lead pencil 

: a pencil using graphite as the marking material

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Its quality was so superior that England became the leading pencil and graphite producer. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Write Stuff: How the Humble Pencil Conquered the World," 16 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of lead pencil

1688, in the meaning defined above

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