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nib / nib/ • n. 1. the pointed end part of a pen, which distributes the ink on the writing surface. ∎  a pointed or projecting part of an object. 2. (nibs) shelled and crushed coffee or cocoa beans. ∎  small pieces of caramel, licorice, or other sweets.

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nib (dial.) beak, bill XVI; pen-point; (pl.) short handles on the shaft of a scythe XVII; peak, tip XVIII; (pl.) small pieces into which cocoa-beans are crushed XIX. prob. — MDu. nib or MLG. nibbe, var. of nebbe beak, NEB.

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nib. Pointed extremity, e.g. the top of a steeply-pitched pyramidal finial, hence nib-stone.

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nibbib, crib, dib, fib, glib, jib, lib, nib, rib, sib, snib, squib •memsahib • Carib • sparerib •Sennacherib

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nib See chocolate.

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