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

  • n. A detergent, powder, or other chemical agent that removes dirt, grease, or stains.
  • n. A skin lotion or cream that is used to clean the face.

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  • n. Something that cleanses, such as a detergent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, cleanses; especially, a detergent or other preparation used for cleaning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which cleanses.

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

  • n. a preparation used in cleaning something


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  • I only heard of Bab-O after I went off to college and met someone who'd grown up near Pittsburgh. Of course, I thought she was completely insane. Everyone knows that Comet is the name for cleanser. ;-)

    September 17, 2009

  • Anyone remember Bab-O cleanser? In my boyhood home this word as well as "dutch cleanser" denoted any scouring powder - whether it was Bab-O or not, much in the same way "coke" meant any kind of soda.

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