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

  • n. A fine, often perfumed powder made from purified talc for use on the skin.

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  • n. Perfumed talc (sometimes with the addition of boric acid) for adsorbing moisture on the skin.

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

  • n. a toilet powder made of purified talc and usually scented; absorbs excess moisture


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  • Does Mabel’s habit of using so much talcum powder after her bath that she leaves the bathroom floor dusty, which bothers Minnie’s nostrils, does that lead inevitably to explosions, during which all Mabel’s other annoying habits—peering at the name of the sender of all Minnie’s letters, never vacuuming behind the sofa, and missing the eyes when she peels the potatoes—are thrown at her like a set of knives, sending her into tears and counteraccusations?

    The Women’s Room

  • Wretchedly depressed, I fished out the long covering glove and with difficulty, because of no talcum powder and an enfeebled right hand, pulled that too into the semblance of reality.

    Come To Grief

  • Maidenhair fern stood indubitably in several instances for the pubic hair, once surrounding a cluster of trailing arbutus when talcum powder of that fragrance had been used on the body.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • There was a knock at the door and Lucas appeared, looking as fresh as a daisy, close-shaved, with some talcum powder below one ear.

    Maigret in Society

  • I got a bottle of talcum powder from my bathroom and stuck it in my pocket, and my pen and a notebook, then found the copy of the Journal of Criminology I had brought along and thumbed through it to some plates illustrating new classifications of fingerprints.

    Too Many Cooks


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