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Definition of pulvilio in English:
noun[mass noun] historical
Perfumed cosmetic powder sprinkled on a wig or applied to the skin.
- 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'.
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