de·pil·a·to·ry | \di-ˈpi-lə-ˌtȯr-ē \
plural depilatories

Definition of depilatory 

: an agent for removing hair, wool, or bristles

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Another hair-removal method many folks know and love: depilatory cream. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 26 Oct. 2017 Cream depilatories like Nair and Veet can also make the bare skin vulnerable to burning. Niree Noel, Allure, "How The Sun Damages Your Beauty Products And Treatments," 21 Aug. 2017 Instead, members come to the Wax Club on Chambers Street for hair removal, paying $89 each month, plus tax and gratuities, for unlimited depilatory services. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "At Salons and Spas, Membership Plans Catch On," 27 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of depilatory

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depilatory was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of depilatory

: a substance that removes body hair you do not want


de·pil·a·to·ry | \di-ˈpil-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \

Medical Definition of depilatory 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having the power to remove hair



Medical Definition of depilatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cosmetic for the temporary removal of undesired hair

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