Mer•kin defined

Mer•kin: noun

1. A pubic wig

2. A derogatory term used to describe a person who tries to conceal her lascivious tendencies.

Etymology: First used in around 1617, a merkin was a pubic wig prostitutes used to hide syphilis marks or genitals that were shaved in order to kill lice. Merkins are currently used by topless dancers and actresses to prevent full-frontal exposure.

Use: Have you read Paris Hilton's new autobiography, My Life as a Merkin.

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