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mascara

[ma-skar-uh; British ma-skahr-uh] /mæˈskær ə; British mæˈskɑr ə/
noun
1.
a substance used as a cosmetic to color the eyelashes and eyebrows.
verb (used with object)
2.
to apply mascara to.
Origin of mascara
1885-1890
1885-90; < Spanish: mask; see mask
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mascara

/mæˈskɑːrə/
noun
1.
a cosmetic substance for darkening, colouring, and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or rod
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: mask
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Word Origin and History for mascara
n.

cosmetic for coloring eyelashes, 1883, mascaro (modern form from 1922), from Spanish mascara "a stain, a mask," from same source as Italian maschera "mask" (see mask (v.)).

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