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A wig, especially one worn by men in the 1600s and 1700s; a periwig.
[Early Modern English, from Middle French parrucque, perruque, natural head of long hair, wig, possibly from perroquet, parakeet (perhaps in reference to the parakeet's erectile head feathers) ; see parakeet.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also called: periwig
[C16: from French perruque, from Italian perrucca wig, of obscure origin]
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a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usu. powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.
[1540–50; < Middle French perruque head of hair, wig]
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