There was a distressing picture of this little girl after a just Providence had done its work as a depilatory.
In such cases the hair can be easily removed by a depilatory.
Rhusma, rus′ma, n. a mixture of quicklime and orpiment, used as a depilatory.
The Roman epicures iced their oysters before eating them; the ladies used the calcined shell as a cosmetic and depilatory.
(Soap d.; Savon pilatoire,) Turkish depilatory and soft soap, equal parts.
A few readers will, perhaps, be disappointed in finding that I have only given one formula for depilatory.
It is applied locally for various skin diseases, including syphilitic ulcers, and as a depilatory.
Where hair had a tendency to grow, she applied dropax, a depilatory paste, composed of vinegar and earth from Cyprus.
The depilatory operations on women are performed by female hair-dressers.
In place of the liquid soap and razor it is sometimes convenient to use a depilatory powder.
c.1600, from French dépilatorie (adj.), from Latin depilatus "having one's hair plucked," from de- "completely" (see de-) + pilatus, past participle of pilare "deprive of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Earlier in same sense was Depilative. As a noun from c.1600, from French dépilatorie (n.).
depilatory de·pil·a·to·ry (dĭ-pĭl'ə-tôr'ē)
Having the capability to remove hair. n.
A preparation in the form of a liquid or cream that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body. Also called epilatory.