See more synonyms for depilate on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing.
- to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).
Origin of depilate
1550–60;Related formsdep·i·la·tion, noundep·i·la·tor, noun
< Latin dēpilātus
(past participle of dēpilāre
to pluck), equivalent to dē- de-
) to deprive of hair (derivative of pilus
a hair) + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for depilate
His Irish friend, with brilliant but less elaborate comments, struggled to depilate a Kaiser-like moustache from his upper lip.
They had heavy hair that they dressed with extreme care, and nervous bellies which they did not depilate.
British Dictionary definitions for depilate
Derived Formsdepilation, noundepilator, noun
- (tr) to remove the hair from
C16: from Latin dēpilāre, from pilāre to make bald, from pilus hair
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- To remove hair from the body.
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