depilatory

[dih-pil-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
1.
capable of removing hair.
noun, plural depilatories.
2.
a depilatory agent.
3.
such an agent in a mild liquid or cream form for temporarily removing unwanted hair from the body.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin dēpilātōrius < Latin dēpilā(re) (see depilate) + -tōrius -tory1

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depilatory (dɪˈpɪlətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  able or serving to remove hair
 
n , -ries
2.  a chemical that is used to remove hair from the body

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depilatory
c.1600, from Fr. depilatorie (adj.), from L. depilatus "having one's hair plucked," from de- "completely" + pilatus, pp. of pilare "deprive of hair," from pilus "hair."
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depilatory de·pil·a·to·ry (dĭ-pĭl'ə-tôr'ē)
adj.
Having the capability to remove hair. n.
A preparation in the form of a liquid or cream that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body. Also called epilatory.

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Example sentences
In preparing hides for tanning, lime is the chief depilatory.
Depilatory is a product used to remove unwanted hair.
No hair removal, or hair removal with clippers or depilatory is considered appropriate.
When the researchers removed the wing hairs using depilatory cream, the neurons
  no longer responded to the air puffs.
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