from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Oil for dressing the hair, generally perfumed.


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  • Her camellia hair-oil treatment planted the seed of the cosmetics business in Korea.

    Urban Oasis: Jessica Flint

  • The comfortable armchair into which I had thrown myself bore as many scars as a veteran; the arms were gnashed, the back was overlaid with a thick, stale deposit of pomade and hair-oil from the heads of all his visitors.

    The Magic Skin

  • In an incredibly short space of time she examined all his outlying pockets, drawers, and letters; she inspected his socks and handkerchiefs in the top drawers; and on the dressing-table, his razors, shaving-strop, and hair-oil.

    A Little Dinner at Timmins’s

  • He wears studs, hair-oil, jewellery, and linen shirt-fronts, very finely embroidered, but not particular for whiteness.

    Our Street

  • Have they not dressing-rooms, hair-oil, hip-baths, and Baden towels?

    John Leech's Pictures of Life and Character

  • His pungent Vitalis hair-oil, and her coyly sweet Lily of the Valley cologne in collision.

    Excerpt: The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

  • Colours that were fresh as roses eighty years ago have faded to a feeble pink; nothing remains of all those scents and savours but a faint perfume of faded violets, of stale hair-oil, we know not which.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • Through it all there is a feeling of stage properties, a smell of hair-oil, an aspect of buhl, a remembrance of tailors, and that pricking of the conscience which must be the general accompaniment of paste diamonds.

    An Autobiography

  • Here that flavour of hair-oil, that flavour of false jewels, that remembrance of tailors, comes out stronger than in all the others.

    An Autobiography

  • Their dull piety and the sickly smell of the cheap hair-oil with which they had anointed their heads repelled him from the altar they prayed at.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


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