pomatum


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pomatum

(pəˈmeɪtəm)
n, vb
(Hairdressing & Grooming) another name for pomade

po•ma•tum

(poʊˈmeɪ təm, -ˈmɑ-, pə-)

n.
pomade.
[1555–65; < New Latin, Latinization of pomade]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pomatum - hairdressing consisting of a perfumed oil or ointment
brilliantine - a pomade to make the hair manageable and lustrous
hair grease, hair oil, hair tonic, hairdressing - a toiletry for the hair
References in classic literature ?
Besides, amber is a hard, transparent, brittle, odorless substance, used for mouth-pieces to pipes, for beads and ornaments; but ambergris is soft, waxy, and so highly fragrant and spicy, that it is largely used in perfumery, in pastiles, precious candles, hair-powders, and pomatum.
He thought of the collects and epistles which he had been made to learn by heart, and the long services at the Cathedral through which he had sat when every limb itched with the desire for movement; and he remembered those walks at night through muddy roads to the parish church at Blackstable, and the coldness of that bleak building; he sat with his feet like ice, his fingers numb and heavy, and all around was the sickly odour of pomatum.
And there's pomatum, too, you see, she must have things; petticoats, starched ones, shoes, too, real jaunty ones to show off her foot when she has to step over a puddle.
The applicant stared; grinned at Newman Noggs, who appeared highly entertained; looked slightly round the shop, as if in depreciation of the pomatum pots and other articles of stock; took his pipe out of his mouth and gave a very loud whistle; and then put it in again, and walked out.
Largess, in the form of odds and ends of cold cream and pomatum, and also of hairpins, was freely distributed among the attendants.
On the return of that lady to tea, she had touched herself up with a little powder and pomatum, and was not without moral enchantment likewise: the latter showing itself in much sweet patronage of manner towards Miss Dorrit, and in an air of as tender interest in Mr Dorrit as was consistent with rigid propriety.