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water-wave

[waw-ter-weyv, wot-er-]
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verb (used with object), wa·ter-waved, wa·ter-wav·ing.
  1. to set (hair) in a water wave.
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Origin of water-wave

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

water wave

noun
  1. a wave on the surface of a body of water.
  2. a wave combed or pressed into wet hair and then dried.
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Origin of water wave

First recorded in 1550–60
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