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pulvilio

Line breaks: pul|vilio
Pronunciation: /pʊlˈvɪlɪəʊ
 
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(also pulvil /ˈpʊlvɪl/)

Definition of pulvilio in English:

noun

[mass noun] historical
Perfumed cosmetic powder sprinkled on a wig or applied to the skin.
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.

Origin

late 17th century: from Italian polviglio 'fine powder', from polve, polvere 'powder'.

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