from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a white perfumed powder, as of flour or starch, formerly much used for sprinkling on the hair of the head, or on wigs.


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  • I can fancy that I see him, trotting up to the meet at Freefolk Wood, or St. John's, sitting rather loose on his horse, and his clothes rather loose upon him - the scarlet coat flapping open, a little whitened at the collar by the contact of his hair powder and the friction of his pigtail; the frill of his shirt above, and his gold watch-chain and seal below, both rather prominent, the short knee-breeches scarcely meeting the boot-tops.

    Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends


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