Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cosmetic preparation, such as powdered antimony sulfide, used especially in the Middle East to darken the rims of the eyelids.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A powder used in the East from time immemorial in the toilet, to darken the orbits of the eyes, etc., properly consisting of finely comminuted antimony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mixture of soot and other ingredients, used by Egyptian and other Eastern women to darken the edges of the eyelids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dark powder used as eye makeup, especially in Eastern countries.
  • verb To decorate one's eyes with kohl or stibnite.

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

  • noun a cosmetic preparation used by women in Egypt and Arabia to darken the edges of their eyelids

Etymologies

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

[Arabic kuḥl, powder of antimony, kohl; see kx̣l in Semitic roots.]

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From Arabic كحل (kuḥl). From Egyptian, Coptic, smet-t. Compare alcohol.

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  • "Who exactly are the Afghan insurgents? Every suicide attack and kidnapping is usually attributed to 'the Taliban'. In reality, however, the insurgency is far from monolithic. There are the shadowy, kohl-eyed mullahs and head-bobbing religious students, of course, but there are also erudite university students, poor, illiterate farmers, and veteran anti-Soviet commanders."

    - Anand Gopal, 'Who Are the Taliban? The Afghan War Deciphered', tomdispatch.com, 4 Dec 2008.

    December 5, 2008