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[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with or without object)
1. Unabridged
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  • He will go into a palace, where all the furniture will be of gold, encrusted in diamonds.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Their dresses are superb; their arms and trappings are encrusted with gold and gems.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • Sometimes a painted or encrusted skirting on interior walls.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • The dust which encrusted the furniture and the floor had not been disturbed for months.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • The interior walls were encrusted with monuments of every age and style.

  • The ground was encrusted with sulphur and crystalline concretions.

  • The result is that the hands and feet of Buddha are thick with encrusted gold.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • One of them even now, still lifts its encrusted head to the weather.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
British Dictionary definitions for encrusted


(transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
(transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
Derived Forms
encrustation, incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrusted



1640s, from French incruster, from Latin incrustare "to cover with crust," from in- (see in- (2)) + crusta (see crust). Related: Encrusted; encrusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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