- to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).
Origin of depilate
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To stand up to the depilation dictators, to ignore all diet and detox regimes, to embrace ageing, wrinkles, and grey hair.How the Ministry of Thin Enslaves Women
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Hence it is usual to employ sulphides to assist the depilation.
Thus the hides need no labour from first being inserted until drawn for depilation.
In liming, the whole of the epidermis as well as the hair is loosened, and is subsequently removed in depilation.
Lime plays its own hydrolytic part and assists the depilation by purely chemical action.
This consists in immersing the skins after depilation in a warm fermenting infusion of dog-dung.
- (tr) to remove the hair from
C16: from Latin dēpilāre, from pilāre to make bald, from pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for depilation
early 15c., from Modern Latin depilationem, noun of action from past participle stem of depilare (see depilatory).
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- To remove hair from the body.
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