Definition of talcum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtalkəm/
(also talcum powder)


A cosmetic or toilet preparation consisting of the mineral talc in powdered form, typically perfumed.
Example sentences
  • I was away at an archery competition back in 1995 in Jakarta and one of the Australian archers had run out of talcum powder, they use talc when they shoot, and asked me to get some talc for him.
  • There's no shower at work, but Mac keeps deodorant, talcum powder and other toiletries in his locker so he can clean up a little, using the men's-room sink.
  • Even when Marsh joined the business 30 years ago he recalls filling oval tins with perfumed talcum powder using a spoon and hauling ingredients from floor to floor using a bucket and rope.

verb (talcums, talcuming, talcumed)

[with object]
Powder (something) with talcum powder.
Example sentences
  • Crossroads worries about the crowds jostling the elegant, talcumed, perfumed elbows of its serious shoppers.
  • At the end she whisks and talcums my neck.
  • With his rouged cheeks and talcumed face, he resembled a genial eighteenth century wind-up doll waving welcome with choppy strokes.


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin, from Arabic ṭalḳ, from Persian.

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Syllabification: tal·cum

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