Depilatory De*pil"a*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. d['e]pilatoire.] Having the quality or power of removing hair. -- n. An application used to take off hair. [1913 Webster]

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  • depilatory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ used to remove unwanted hair. ► NOUN (pl. depilatories) ▪ a depilatory cream or lotion …   English terms dictionary

  • depilatory — [di pil′ə tôr΄ē] adj. serving to remove unwanted hair n. pl. depilatories a depilatory cream or other substance or device …   English World dictionary

  • depilatory — c.1600, from Fr. dépilatorie (adj.), from L. depilatus having one s hair plucked, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + pilatus, pp. of pilare deprive of hair, from pilus hair. Earlier in same sense was Depilative …   Etymology dictionary

  • depilatory — [[t]dɪpɪ̱lətəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] depilatories 1) ADJ: ADJ n Depilatory substances and processes remove unwanted hair from your body. ...a depilatory cream. 2) N COUNT A depilatory is a depilatory substance …   English dictionary

  • depilatory — I UK [dɪˈpɪlət(ə)rɪ] / US [dɪˈpɪləˌtɔrɪ] adjective used for removing hair from your body depilatory creams II UK [dɪˈpɪlət(ə)rɪ] / US [dɪˈpɪləˌtɔrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms depilatory : singular depilatory plural depilatories a substance that …   English dictionary

  • depilatory — 1. adjective That removes hair You can do anything with electrolytic, depilatory creams and a little patience. 2. noun A preparation that removes hair from the body. When Bilkis Queen of Sheba discovered her legs by lifting her robe (Koran… …   Wiktionary

  • depilatory — de|pil|a|to|ry [dıˈpılətəri US to:ri] n plural depilatories formal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: depilate to remove hair (16 21 centuries), from Latin depilare, from pilus hair ] a substance that gets rid of unwanted hair from your body… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • depilatory — noun (C) a substance that gets rid of unwanted hair from your body depilatory adjective (only before noun): Try one of our depilatory creams …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • depilatory — noun (plural ries) Date: 1606 an agent for removing hair, wool, or bristles • depilatory adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • depilatory — /di pil euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj., n., pl. depilatories. adj. 1. capable of removing hair. n. 2. a depilatory agent. 3. such an agent in a mild liquid or cream form for temporarily removing unwanted hair from the body. [1595 1605; < ML… …   Universalium

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