brilliantine

[ bril-yuh n-teen ]
/ ˈbrɪl yənˌtin /

noun

an oily preparation used to make the hair lustrous.
a dress fabric resembling alpaca.

Origin of brilliantine

1870–75, Americanism; < French brillantine. See brilliant, -ine2

Related forms

bril·lian·tined, adjective
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brilliantine

/ (ˈbrɪljənˌtiːn) /

noun

a perfumed oil used to make the hair smooth and shiny
mainly US a glossy fabric made of mohair and cotton

Word Origin for brilliantine

C19: from French, from brillant shining
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