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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POWDERED

Add a powdered nutmeg, and a tea-spoonful of powdered cinnamon.

Add a grated nutmeg, and a tea-spoonful of powdered cinnamon.

Then, when the sugar is all powdered, mix with it the juice.

Her hair was powdered, but one could perceive that it was naturally a dark brown.

The crusts may be soaked for plain puddings, or dried and powdered for bread crumbs.

Put the lid on each, and decorate with powdered lobster coral.

Roll in dried and powdered coral, and put a piece of feeler in each.

Put a dessert-spoonful of the powdered root into a basin, and mix with it as much cold new milk as will make it into a paste.

Take four ounces of mutton suet, one ounce of bees-wax, one of sweet oil, and a dram each of powdered sugar-candy and gum-arabac.

How'll seventy-five a week, with costumes of frills and powdered hair, do you?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "ash, cinders; dust of the earth;" early 14c., "pulverized substance;" mid-14c., "medicinal powder;" late 14c. as "gunpowder," from Old French poudre "dust, powder; ashes; powdered substance" (13c.), earlier pouldre (11c.), from Latin pulverem (nominative pulvis) "dust" (see pollen). Specialized sense "gunpowder" is from late 14c. In the sense "powdered cosmetic," it is recorded from 1570s.

In figurative sense, powder keg is first attested 1855. Powder room, euphemistic for "women's lavatory," is attested from 1936. Earlier it meant "place where gunpowder is stored on a warship" (1620s). Powder horn attested by 1530s. Powder puff first recorded 1704; as a symbol of femaleness or effeminacy, in use from at least 1930s.

Phrase take a powder "scram, vanish," is from 1920; it was a common phrase as a doctor's instruction, so perhaps from the notion of taking a laxative medicine or a sleeping powder, with the result that one has to leave in a hurry (or, on another guess, from a magician's magical powder, which made things disappear). Powder blue (1650s) was smelt used in laundering; as a color name from 1894.

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