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mascara

[ma-skar-uh; British ma-skahr-uh]
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noun
  1. a substance used as a cosmetic to color the eyelashes and eyebrows.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to apply mascara to.
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Origin of mascara

1885–90; < Spanish: mask; see mask
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British Dictionary definitions for mascaraed

mascara

noun
  1. a cosmetic substance for darkening, colouring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod
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Word Origin

C20: from Spanish: mask
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Word Origin and History for mascaraed

mascara

n.

cosmetic for coloring eyelashes, 1883, mascaro (modern form from 1922), from Spanish mascara "a stain, a mask," from same source as Italian maschera "mask" (see mask (v.)).

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