a cosmetic preparation used by women in Egypt and Arabia to darken the edges of their eyelids
A dark powder used as eye makeup, especially in Eastern countries.
To decorate one's eyes with kohl or stibnite.
a mixture of soot and other ingredients, used by Egyptian and other Eastern women to darken the edges of the eyelids
Origin: [See Alcohol.]
Kohl is an ancient eye cosmetic, traditionally made by grinding galena and other ingredients. It is widely used in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and parts of West Africa to darken the eyelids and as mascara for the eyelashes. It is used mostly by women, but also by some men and children. Kohl has also been used in India as a cosmetic for a long time. In addition, mothers would apply kohl to their infants' eyes soon after birth. Some did this to "strengthen the child's eyes", and others believed it could prevent the child from being cursed by the evil eye.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kōl, n. a fine powder of antimony used in the East for staining the eyes. [Ar.]
The numerical value of Kohl in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Kohl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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