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kohl

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noun
  1. a powder, as finely powdered antimony sulfide, used as a cosmetic to darken the eyelids, eyebrows, etc.
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Origin of kohl

1790–1800; < Arabic kohl, variant of kuhl. See alcohol
Can be confusedcoal koel kohl

Kohl

[kohl]
noun
  1. Hel·mut [hel-moo t] /ˈhɛl mʊt/, born 1930, German political leader: chancellor of West Germany (1982–90); chancellor of Germany 1990–98.
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kohl

noun
  1. a cosmetic powder used, originally esp in Muslim and Asian countries, to darken the area around the eyes. It is usually powdered antimony sulphide
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Word Origin

C18: from Arabic kohl; see alcohol

Kohl

noun
  1. Helmut (ˈhɛlmuːt). born 1930, German statesman: chancellor of West Germany (1982–90) and of Germany (1990–98)
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Word Origin and History for kohl

n.

"powder used to darken eyelids," 1799, from Arabic kuhl (see alcohol).

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