One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to remove unwanted hair.
- ‘The day before surgery, hair was removed with a depilatory cream, if necessary.’
- ‘The cream removes unwanted hair to the root, unlike other depilatory creams which merely melt it to just below the skin's surface.’
- ‘In the ‘mountain humbled’ towns of the Andes, he stumbles upon a scheme to import the sap of a bobohuariza tree and market it as an organic depilatory treatment.’
- ‘Developed and tested in a government lab 10 years before, the dehairing system removed hair and dirt from beef carcasses by spraying them with depilatory chemicals as they moved through a massive chamber.’
- ‘According to beauty experts, the number of men seeking the painful depilatory treatment has soared 10-fold over the past five years.’
A cream or lotion for removing unwanted hair.
- ‘Most people are familiar with shaving, bleaching, plucking and depilatories, which chemically dissolve hair.’
- ‘The usual remedies for unwanted hair include plucking, shaving, waxing or chemical depilatories, but all of them are temporary, as none damage the hair follicle.’
- ‘If this is a concern for you, remove the hair with wax, depilatories or electrolysis.’
- ‘Many hand and body lotions, facial creams, soaps and depilatories contain honey, which can be used on sensitive skin.’
- ‘Shaving and depilatories remain dependable backups, but laser hair removal is the most high-tech way to zap unwanted hair.’
Early 17th century: from Latin depilatorius, from depilat- ‘stripped of hair’, from the verb depilare (see depilate).
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