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From French pommade (“ointment”), from Italian pomata, from pomo (“apple”), as such ointments were originally made from apples, + -ata (“(collective)”) (English -ade). Pomo is in turn from Latin pomum.
- A greasy or waxy substance that is used to style hair, making it look slick and shiny.
- 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], OCLC 24531354, page 44:
- So saying, Lady Mandeville turned to the toilette, and mercilessly tied up in her handkerchief the various brushes, combs, oils, pomade, and rouge, with which the table was profusely covered.
- 2020, Abi Daré, The Girl With The Louding Voice, Sceptre, page 94:
- The rain beat my hair, run down my face and into my mouth so that I can taste the coconut oil pomade from my hair.
- (obsolete) Any medicinal ointment.
- (transitive) To anoint with pomade; to use pomade to style (hair).
- He pomaded his hair until it looked like a piece of shiny plastic.