epilate

[ ep-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈɛp əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), ep·i·lat·ed, ep·i·lat·ing.

to remove (hair) from by means of physical, chemical, or radiological agents; depilate.

Nearby words

  1. epigraphic,
  2. epigraphy,
  3. epigynous,
  4. epigynum,
  5. epikeratophakia,
  6. epilation,
  7. epilator,
  8. epilatory,
  9. epilemma,
  10. epilepsy

Origin of epilate

1885–90; < French épil(er) (< Latin ē- e-1 + pil(us) hair + -er infinitive suffix) + -ate1

Related formsep·i·la·tion, nounep·i·la·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for epilator

epilator

/ (ˈɛpɪˌleɪtə) /

noun

an electrical appliance consisting of a metal spiral head that rotates at high speed, plucking unwanted hair

epilate

/ (ˈɛpɪˌleɪt) /

verb

(tr) rare to remove hair from
Derived Formsepilation, noun

Word Origin for epilate

C19: from French épiler (modelled on dépiler depilate) + -ate 1

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Medicine definitions for epilator

epilate

[ ĕpə-lāt′ ]

v.

To remove a hair from a part of the body by forcible extraction, electrolysis, or loosening at the root by chemical means.

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