- painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
- a work of art produced by an encaustic process.
Origin of encaustic
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Examples from the Web for encaustic
The floor was composed of encaustic tiles, and had many memorial brasses.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Encaustic tiles have sometimes been used for memorials of the departed.Stones of the Temple
Pausias was the first to win fame in encaustic painting, although its technical processes had for some time been known.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
The material used is the encaustic painting, which has been revived by M. de Klenze.
The art of encaustic painting, after lying dormant for about 15 centuries, was revived by Count Caylus, in 1753.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
- the process of burning in colours
- a product of such a process
C17: from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from kaiein to burn
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Word Origin and History for encaustic
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