peruke

[puh-rook]
noun
a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.

Origin:
1540–50; < Middle French perruque head of hair, wig, of disputed orig.

peruked, adjective
perukeless, adjective
unperuked, adjective
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peruke (pəˈruːk)
 
n
Also called: periwig a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries
 
[C16: from French perruque, from Italian perrucca wig, of obscure origin]

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peruke
1547, "natural head of hair," from M.Fr. perruque (late 15c.), from It. perrucca "head of hair, wig," of uncertain origin; supposed to be connected to L. pilus "hair" (It. pelo, O.Fr. pel), "but the phonetic difficulties are considerable" [O.E.D.]. Meaning "artificial head of hair, periwig" is attested
from 1565.
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peruke

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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It arises perpendicularly from tho forehead to the height of a foot and a half, thus forming a prodigious and ugly peruke.
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