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tat·too 1

n. pl. tat·toos
1. A signal sounded on a drum or bugle to summon soldiers or sailors to their quarters at night.
2. A display of military exercises and music offered as evening entertainment.
3. A continuous, even drumming or rapping.
v. tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
To beat out an even rhythm, as with the fingers.
To beat or tap rhythmically on; rap or drum on.

[Alteration of Dutch taptoe, tap-shut (closing time for taverns), tattoo : tap, spigot, tap (from Middle Dutch tappe) + toe, shut (from Middle Dutch; see de- in Indo-European roots).]

tat·too 2

n. pl. tat·toos
1. A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
2. A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as henna or ink.
tr.v. tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
1. To mark (the skin) with a tattoo.
2. To form (a tattoo) on the skin.

[From Tahitian tatau and kindred Polynesian words, all from Proto-Polynesian *tatau.]

tat·too′er n.
tat·too′ist n.


n. tatuaje, diseño con colorantes permanentes en la epidermis.
removalexcisión con láser.
References in classic literature ?
A broad patch of tattooing stretched completely across his face, in a line with his eyes, making him look as if he wore a huge pair of goggles; and royalty in goggles suggested some ludicrous ideas.
He examined and admired the tattooing on the forehead and breast.
Under the proposed legislation tattooing should be done in licensed parlor shops.
But tattooing is so widespread in the region that there are local equivalents in other Cordilleran languages: whatok (Butbut Kalinga), batok (Kalinga), fatek (Bontoc), batok (Ifugao), batek (Ilocano, Ibaloy, Lepanto and Sagada Igorots), and batak (Kankanaey).
When Karan was 16, he took up tattooing "as a hobby".
Summary: The Razzouk family has been tattooing visitors to the Old City of Jerusalem for centuries
The art of tattooing has become a craze amongst people especially youngsters.
9) In the 13th century China all criminals were tattooed, thus spreading the topical art of tattooing among the population at that time.
We were looking for new artists to help our shop grow but wanted to make sure the new members of our team would live up to our high standards for tattooing and that they were a perfect fit in our tattooing family.
ECHA calls for information on tonnages, release and exposure of hazardous substances used in tattoo inks and permanent make-up, and also the costs of tattoo and make-up inks and of permanent make-up and tattooing services.