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shaem pu
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: shampoos
definition 1: a soap or detergent solution used to cleanse the hair.
He washes his hair with an expensive shampoo.
definition 2: a liquid cleanser used on rugs, upholstery, or the like.
Make sure to rinse all the shampoo out of the carpet.
definition 3: an instance of shampooing.
I went to the barber for a shampoo and a trim.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shampoos, shampooing, shampooed
definition: to cleanse (the hair, a rug, or the like) with a soap or detergent solution.
She took a shower and shampooed her hair.I'll shampoo the rug tomorrow.
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derivation: shampooer (n.)
Word History
English speakers did not use shampoo until the 1860s. The word itself entered English in the 1700s. It was an English version of a Hindi word meaning "to massage." The word did not have the present meanings of "wash the hair" and "soap for the hair" until the 1860s.
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  hair, hygiene