(also pulvil /ˈpʊlvɪl/)
noun[mass noun] • historical
- Perfumed cosmetic powder sprinkled on a wig or applied to the skin.More example sentences
- How many pounds of pulvil must the fellow use in sweetening himself from the smell of hops and tobacco?
- I smelt the fop by his pulvilio from the balcony down to the street.
- It was easy for the porter in Farquhar to pass for Beau Clincher, by borrowing his lace and his pulvilio.
late 17th century: from Italian polviglio 'fine powder', from polve, polvere 'powder'.