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[dep-uh-leyt] /ˈdɛp əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), depilated, depilating.
to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).
Origin of depilate
1550-60; < Latin dēpilātus (past participle of dēpilāre to pluck), equivalent to dē- de- + pil(āre) to deprive of hair (derivative of pilus a hair) + -ātus -ate1
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depilation, noun
depilator, noun Unabridged
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(transitive) to remove the hair from
Derived Forms
depilation, noun
depilator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēpilāre, from pilāre to make bald, from pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for depilation

early 15c., from Modern Latin depilationem, noun of action from past participle stem of depilare (see depilatory).

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depilation in Medicine

depilation dep·i·la·tion (děp'ə-lā'shən)
See epilation.

depilate dep·i·late (děp'ə-lāt')
v. dep·i·lat·ed, dep·i·lat·ing, dep·i·lates
To remove hair from the body.

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