Word of the Day – Emollient

By October 6, 2019Word of the Day

Emollient (adj/noun)

ee-mo-lee-unt

Having the quality of softening or soothing the skin.

Mid 17th century from Latin emollient- ‘making soft’, from the verb emollire, from e- (variant of ex- ‘out’) + mollis ‘soft’.

Example sentences

“Aloe vera is known for its emollient properties.”

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