1. capable of removing hair.

noun, plural de·pil·a·to·ries.

  1. a depilatory agent.
  2. such an agent in a mild liquid or cream form for temporarily removing unwanted hair from the body.


  1. able or serving to remove hair

noun plural -ries

  1. a chemical that is used to remove hair from the body

c.1600, from French dépilatorie (adj.), from Latin depilatus “having one’s hair plucked,” from de- “completely” (see de-) + pilatus, past participle of pilare “deprive of hair,” from pilus “hair” (see pile (n.3)). Earlier in same sense was Depilative. As a noun from c.1600, from French dépilatorie (n.).


  1. Having the capability to remove hair.


  1. A preparation in the form of a liquid or cream that is used to remove unwanted hair from the body.epilatory

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