talcum powder

noun

tal·​cum powder ˈtal-kəm- How to pronounce talcum powder (audio)
1
: powdered talc
2
: a toilet powder composed of perfumed talc or talc and a mild antiseptic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One option is to use talcum powder or charcoal inner soles. Jason Tetro, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2016 Slydini deemed the young man’s execution unconvincing and instructed him to carry around a bag of talcum powder to practice with. Shuja Haider, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2023 His standing on a fire truck dressed as Santa while chucking handfuls of cocaine like LeBron James tossing talcum powder before a game is a surreal bit of business. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 Asbestos litigation bankrolled a generation of tort lawyers, and the trial bar now sees talcum powder claims as its next payday. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2022 Dust, fine like talcum powder, on the ground and hanging in the air. Biju Thomas, Outside Online, 16 Sep. 2022 Berg immediately posted a message on the forum of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, asking if any other women thought their cancer might have been caused by talcum powder. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 The company has repeatedly said its talcum powder doesn’t contain asbestos. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 The teacher told her to keep putting talcum powder on her face to look like her white counterparts. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin talcum talc

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of talcum powder was circa 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Talcum powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talcum%20powder. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

talcum powder

noun
tal·​cum powder ˈtal-kəm- How to pronounce talcum powder (audio)
: a powder composed of perfumed talc or talc and a mild antiseptic for sprinkling or rubbing over the skin

Medical Definition

talcum powder

noun
1
: powdered talc
2
: a toilet powder composed of perfumed talc or talc and some mild antiseptic

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