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conk

[cf. US Black conk pomade for the hair (Major); DAS conk (of Negroes) to apply a mix­ture containing lye to the hair in order to straighten it; hair treated in this way: a conk; cf. CONCH 2, perhaps from the straight hair of many Bahamian whites]

v. (of men) to have one's hair straightened: My daddy used to get his hair conk (Nassau). cf. IRON, PRESS (Nassau)

Tags: anatomy, hair, noun, verb

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Last update: 2012-01-11 02:12
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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Comment of Nicolette Russell:
A 65 year-old male from New Providence, Bahamas stated that the term "conk" is a term that was used to refer to the action of a man perming his hair.
Example: Look at that man who conk his hair.
Added at: 2014-03-16 21:27