depilation

noun

dep·​i·​la·​tion ˌde-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce depilation (audio)
: the removal of hair, wool, or bristles by chemical or mechanical methods
depilate transitive verb

Examples of depilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although they were sparsely vegetated, there was an order to the depilation. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin depilation-, depilatio, from Latin depilare, from de- + pilus hair — more at pile

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of depilation was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Depilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depilation. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

depilation

noun
dep·​i·​la·​tion ˌdep-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce depilation (audio)
: the removal of hair, wool, or bristles by chemical or mechanical methods
depilate transitive verb
depilated; depilating
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