- capable of removing hair.
- a depilatory agent.
- such an agent in a mild liquid or cream form for temporarily removing unwanted hair from the body.
Origin of depilatory
Examples from the Web for depilatory
In such cases the hair can be easily removed by a depilatory.
There was a distressing picture of this little girl after a just Providence had done its work as a depilatory.The Seeker
Harry Leon Wilson
Rhusma, rus′ma, n. a mixture of quicklime and orpiment, used as a depilatory.
But the oriental rusma yields to nothing in depilatory power.
(Soap d.; Savon pilatoire,) Turkish depilatory and soft soap, equal parts.
- able or serving to remove hair
- a chemical that is used to remove hair from the body
Word Origin and History for depilatory
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.).
- Having the capability to remove hair.
- A preparation in the form of a liquid or cream that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body.epilatory