paper knife

noun

1
: a knife for slitting envelopes or uncut pages
2
: the knife of a paper cutter

Examples of paper knife in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paper knife was in 1789

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“Paper knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paper%20knife. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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