- a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person.
- the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens.
Origin of waxwork
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Examples from the Web for waxwork
She was a put-up thing of waxwork and a stuffed salmo ferox.Much Darker Days
Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
They have no more life in them than a piece of waxwork, or a clothes-dummy at a tailor's door.Character
I also recall a waxwork representation of the Birth in the Manger.A Backward Glance at Eighty
Charles A. Murdock
She might have been a waxwork dummy out of Madame Tussaud's.Red Masquerade
Louis Joseph Vance
It's not a common offer, bear in mind; it's Jarley's Waxwork.The World's Greatest Books, Vol III
Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
- an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
- a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
- (plural; functioning as singular or plural) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
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