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periwig

[per-i-wig] /ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪg/
noun
1.
a wig, especially a peruke.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier perwyke, alteration of Middle French perruque peruke
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periwig

/ˈpɛrɪˌwɪɡ/
noun
1.
a wig, such as a peruke
Word Origin
C16 perwyke, changed from French perruque wig, peruke
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Word Origin and History for periwig
n.

1520s, perwyke, popular corruption of perruck, from Middle French perruque (see peruke).

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Encyclopedia Article for periwig

man's wig, especially the type popular from the 17th to the early 19th century. It was made of long hair, often with curls on the sides, and drawn back on the nape of the neck

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