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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
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His valet made a fortune out of his wardrobe: his toilet-table was covered with as many pomatums and essences as ever were employed by an old beauty: he had tried, in order to give himself a waist, every girth, stay, and waistband then invented.
My only becoming occupations is to help young flaunting pagins to brush and comb and titiwate theirselves into whitening and suppulchres, and leave the young men to think that there an't a bit of padding in it nor no pinching ins nor fillings out nor pomatums nor deceits nor earthly wanities--an't it, miss
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.