Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Detergent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having cleansing abilities
  • n. A cleansing agent; a detergent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cleansing; detergent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cleansing; detergent.
  • n. A medicine which cleanses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having cleansing power

Etymologies

French détersif, from Latin dētersus, past participle of dētergēre, to deterge; see deterge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare French détersif. (Wiktionary)

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