Definition of pulvilio in English:

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Pronunciation: /pʊlˈvɪlɪəʊ/

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(also pulvil /ˈpʊlvɪl/)


[mass noun] historical
Perfumed cosmetic powder sprinkled on a wig or applied to the skin.
Example sentences
  • His periwig was struck off, and the whole room filled with pulvilio.
  • Sir Ambrose rose up in considerable dismay at a clatter above his head which half blinded him with pulvilio and scattered feathers.
  • 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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