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dentifrice (DEN-tih-fris) noun

A substance, such as a paste or powder, for cleaning the teeth.

[French, from Old French, from Latin dentifricium : denti- + fricare, to rub.]

"The Diana Memorial Fund has filed 26 colour and 26 black and white photographs of the Princess in its trademark application. [...] The application at the Trade Marks Registry covers, among other categories, `bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery; essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions and dentifrices'." Robert Uhlig, Technology Correspondent, Princess's face as trademark `could start picture ban', The Daily Telegraph, 14 Jan 1999.

This week's theme: words about teeth.


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