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Line breaks: de|pila|tory
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpɪlət(ə)ri

Definition of depilatory in English:


Used to remove unwanted hair.
Example sentences
  • Developed and tested in a government lab 10 years before, the dehairing system removed hair and dirt from beef carcasses by spraying them with depilatory chemicals as they moved through a massive chamber.
  • In the ‘mountain humbled’ towns of the Andes, he stumbles upon a scheme to import the sap of a bobohuariza tree and market it as an organic depilatory treatment.
  • According to beauty experts, the number of men seeking the painful depilatory treatment has soared 10-fold over the past five years.

noun (plural depilatories)

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A cream or lotion for removing unwanted hair.
Example sentences
  • Many hand and body lotions, facial creams, soaps and depilatories contain honey, which can be used on sensitive skin.
  • If this is a concern for you, remove the hair with wax, depilatories or electrolysis.
  • The usual remedies for unwanted hair include plucking, shaving, waxing or chemical depilatories, but all of them are temporary, as none damage the hair follicle.


early 17th century: from Latin depilatorius, from depilat- 'stripped of hair', from the verb depilare (see depilate).

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