pomade

[po-meyd, -mahd, poh-]
noun
1.
a scented ointment, especially one used for the scalp or for dressing the hair.
verb (used with object), pomaded, pomading.
2.
to dress with pomade; apply pomade to.

Origin:
1555–65; earlier pommade < French < Italian pomata (so called because apples were originally an ingredient), equivalent to pom(a) apple (< Latin, plural (taken in VL as feminine singular) of pōmum fruit) + -ata -ade1. See pomatum

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pomade (pəˈmɑːd, -ˈmeɪd, pəˈmeɪtəm)
 
n
1.  a perfumed oil or ointment put on the hair, as to make it smooth and shiny
 
vb
2.  (tr) to put pomade on
 
[C16: from French pommade, from Italian pomato (originally made partly from apples), from Latin pōmum apple]

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pomade
1562, from M.Fr. pommade "an ointment," from It. pomata, from pomo "apple," from L. pomum "fruit, apple," so called because the original ointment recipe contained mashed apples.
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Leaves were eaten boiled with meat, and a decoction of the plant was made into hair pomade.
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