from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pubic wig for women.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman's pubic wig. Worn for nude stage appearances and by women after shaving their pubic hair (originally to eliminate lice, etc.; now often as a fashion item).
- n. A mop for cleaning cannon.
- n. An American.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a wig; afterwards, a mop for cleaning cannon.
- n. A patch of false hair, or something resembling hair, worn on a string over the female pudenda; -- used by stripteasers.
- n. The hair on the female pubic area.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wig; a tuft or portion of false hair added to the natural hair.
- n. A mop used in cleaning cannon.
Alteration of obsolete malkin, lower-class woman, mop, from Middle English, from Malkin, diminutive of the personal name Matilda.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1617, probably a variant form of malkin. (Wiktionary)
From the similar pronunciation to American. (Wiktionary)