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[dep-uh-leyt] /ˈdɛp əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), depilated, depilating.
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
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depilation, noun
depilator, noun Unabridged
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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
  • It is obvious that in such liquors "putrefaction" is a more correct term than "liming" for the depilation.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Another result of the tight texture of goatskin is that depilation is not easily effected.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • No other depilation is practised by men, and none whatever by women; and none of them shave any part of the body.

    The Mafulu Robert W. Williamson
  • The dancer, indicating by continual glances that he is afraid of being seen, simulates the depilation of the pubic hair.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan
British Dictionary definitions for depilation


(transitive) to remove the hair from
Derived Forms
depilation, noun
depilator, 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

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

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depilation in Medicine

depilation dep·i·la·tion (děp'ə-lā'shən)
See epilation.

depilate dep·i·late (děp'ə-lāt')
v. dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing, dep·i·lates
To remove hair from the body.

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