One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remove the hair from.‘I depilated my underarms and legs’
- ‘Winter boots of caribou or seal can have a depilated sealskin foot with a furred upper.’
- ‘After being bathed, depilated and doused in sweet heavy perfumes, queens and commoners alike are portrayed sitting patiently before their hairdressers, although it is equally clear that wigmakers enjoyed a brisk trade.’
- ‘Forty-eight hours before UVB exposure, mice were shaved with electric clippers and chemically depilated.’
- ‘Nowadays the hamams or public baths have special rooms for the ladies to depilate.’
- ‘While contemporary women are not literally forced to depilate, the culture and media pressure us to do so.’
Mid 16th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as depilation): from Latin depilat- ‘stripped of hair’, from the verb depilare, from de- (expressing removal) + pilare (from pilus ‘hair’).
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