noun, plural de·pil·a·to·ries.
- depleted uranium,
Origin of depilatory
Examples from the Web for depilatory
A few readers will, perhaps, be disappointed in finding that I have only given one formula for depilatory.The Art of Perfumery|G. W. Septimus Piesse
The depilatory action is entirely chemical, being due to the solvent action of the sulphide on the hair root.Animal Proteins|Hugh Garner Bennett
He put it on the market under another name as a depilatory, and amassed a substantial fortune.My Man Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
(Soap d.; Savon pilatoire,) Turkish depilatory and soft soap, equal parts.
Fancy a religion that makes you keep your hair on unless you use a depilatory.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
noun plural -ries
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.).