An implement or container used domestically, especially in a kitchen: hung cooking utensils on hooks by the stove.
[Middle English, from Old French utensile, from Latin ūtēnsilia, utensils, from neuter pl. of ūtēnsilis, fit for use, from ūtī, to use.]
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