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depilate

[dep-uh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing.
  1. to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).

Origin of depilate

1550–60; < Latin dēpilātus (past participle of dēpilāre to pluck), equivalent to dē- de- + pil(āre) to deprive of hair (derivative of pilus a hair) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsdep·i·la·tion, noundep·i·la·tor, noun
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  • Hence it is usual to employ sulphides to assist the depilation.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • Thus the hides need no labour from first being inserted until drawn for depilation.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • In liming, the whole of the epidermis as well as the hair is loosened, and is subsequently removed in depilation.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • Lime plays its own hydrolytic part and assists the depilation by purely chemical action.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • This consists in immersing the skins after depilation in a warm fermenting infusion of dog-dung.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett


British Dictionary definitions for depilation

depilate

verb
  1. (tr) to remove the hair from
Derived Formsdepilation, noundepilator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin dēpilāre, from pilāre to make bald, from pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for depilation

n.

early 15c., from Modern Latin depilationem, noun of action from past participle stem of depilare (see depilatory).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

depilation in Medicine

depilation

([object Object])
n.
  1. epilation

depilate

v.
  1. To remove hair from the body.

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